. . . that a quality leprachaun would be proud of! A St. Paddy’s after dinner drink (and dessert) anyone?
Once you’ve polished-off your golden pot of corn beef & cabbage & your Guinness hath run dry, best the time for a hot, Irish-inspired beverage to sip. This drink is pretty close to a traditional Irish Coffee, but we’re going to change it up a bit! Don’t worry, we’re not adding Lucky Charms, though that is quite tempting.
Irish Whiskey? Check. Baileys Irish Cream? Check. We have the festive foundation, but we’re going with a honey-infused version of Bushmills Irish Whiskey. We will be topping our libation with a subtle peppermint-infused whipped cream. That’s one cup of coffee I’ll take of refill of!
Oh, but it’s not over yet. Not nearly, because we’re going to savor our Saintly drinks with a Guinness brownie. Oh yes! Here is the perfect sweet ending to a soon to be stormy Saint Patrick’s Day:
Grab a Guinness (you saved at least one right?) and let’s bake:
- 10 oz bittersweet baking chips (I use 60% cacao Ghirardelli)
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Ghriardelli again)
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 4 eggs
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1 (14.9 oz) can Guinness (you will reduce to about 10 oz of liquid)
- Line a brownie pan or 9x9 with parchment & grease.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Add Guinness to a pot on stove and reduce on very low for about 10-15 min, then cool & set aside (you should have less fluid than when you started, 10 oz or so, we're concentrating the flavor).
- While Guinness reduces, on stove melt chocolate gently in double boiler or in a bowl over a pot of simmering water on low, stirring occasionally.
- In a bowl combine cocoa powder and flour.
- In another bowl of a mixer beat eggs, add sugar, salt and vanilla.
- Next stir-in the cooled Guinness, about 8oz (from the reduced 10oz) or less, and add melted chocolate.
- Combine, and add the dry ingredients till mixed thoroughly (batter will be slightly thinner than usual).
- Pour brownie batter into lined & prepared pan and bake 35-45 minutes depending which pan you use. Check with a toothpick.
- Let cool on rack for about 35 minutes.
- Then top with powdered sugar and eat one!
While your brownies are baking, brew-up a pot of your favorite unflavored coffee. When they’re out of the oven and ready for cooling, let’s drum-up our drink:
- 2 oz Bushmills Irish Honey Whiskey
- 5 oz coffee (hot)
- 3 oz Baileys Irish Cream (warmed)
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- Peppermint-infused whipped cream for the top
- *drop of green food coloring and a clover if you feel festive!
- Brew a pot of standard hot coffee
- In Irish coffee mugs add:
- Bailey's, Whiskey, coffee and stir-in the brown sugar till dissolved.
- Steep 2 sprigs fresh peppermint leaves in 1 cup fresh whipping cream for about 10 min
- Remove mint leaves and whip cream with electric mixer
- *add 1 drop green food coloring for subtle color as desired
- Then top drinks with whipped cream and garnish with a clover or mint leaf!
You’ve got your green on, your Guinness & your Irish coffee, looks like it will be one more Saint Patrick’s Day well done!Pin It