For a brief moment we had 30°F weather here and it gave us a chance to finally break out the Jameson’s for a little cold-weather cocktail. The Husband has spent the better part of the last two years perfecting his Irish Coffee recipe and he has it down to an art. It (and a little Redbox action) makes for a great little date night in.
The Real Irish’s Irish Coffee
- First, preheat your proper Irish coffee mug, with hot water and then dump the water after a few seconds. (We picked this method up in Doolin!)
- Fill the glass with freshly brewed coffee until it is about three quarters of the way filled.
- Stir in a heaping spoonful of light brown sugar, depending on how sweet you like it.
- Add a shot of Jameson’s or any other favorite Irish whiskey. Stir again.
- Whip up some heavy whipping cream until you have a thick consistency that you can dollop on top. You can refrigerate the left over whipped cream for a couple of days.
- Drizzle Creme de Menthe on top and enjoy!
We went to one of my favorite Fort Worth bars the other night, The Usual, to celebrate JoAnna’s birthday where I re-discovered the French 75. I ordered one of these in a bar back in DC several years ago and was obsessed for a good six months. How I forgot about them I do not know. There is even jello shot version if you are really feeling festive.
The birthday girl
French 75 recipe:
- 1 1/2 ounces gin (preferably one redolent with juniper)
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup*
- 1–1 1/2 ounces champagne
- lemon twist, as garnish
- brandied cherry, as garnish
Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup for 30 seconds in an ice-filled shaker. Strain into wine goblet or highball glass halfway filled with ice. Top with champagne. Add more ice if necessary. Garnish with lemon twist and cherry.
* Over low heat, dissolve 1 cup sugar in 1 cup water (stir occasionally). Remove from heat, cool in container, and refrigerate for up to a month. (I totally won’t do this part – you can buy simple syrup, can’t you?)
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So last Friday my sweet friend Lindsey had several of us over to grill out and enjoy some cocktails, including this delicious concoction that I now crave every time I step out into the summer heat. Also, several weeks ago I interrogated her about where she got the awesome soap that was in her bathroom (a little creepy, I know) and she surprised me by ordering me a bottle off eBay. I’m obsessed. The smell of the soap is freesia and poppy but it was the same color as the Grapefruit Goodness which made for a good photo.
Grapefruit Goodness – (Lindsey, feel free to rename) – 1 part Grapefruit juice, 1 part vodka, 2 parts tonic
We also went to Pop’s Safari Cigar Shop after this where we discovered that they had a patio. How did we not know this? The Husband’s occasional cigar is much more bearable on a cute open terrace.