It's almost St. Patty's Day, so in a nod to my Irish roots, I thought I'd learn to whip up some of that comforting Irish coffee I've heard so much about. Here is where I ran into two little problems:
- I can only drink coffee in the morning.
- I can only drink alcohol at night.
Every recipe I scoured had whiskey, rum, or Kahlua in it and I got to thinking, not only do many of the people reading this blog maintain an alcohol-free lifestyle, but most of us are drinking our coffee with or before breakfast...and I'm thinking we should not be parenting—or adulting at all really—with whiskey in our morning cup o' joe.
I know, I know, so it won't be true Irish coffee, but let me tell you, I don't think you'll miss the alcohol when you take your first sip of this rich, warm, and creamy cup of the Irish. You also won't miss the caffeine, so if you are sensitive to being overstimulated, then I would recommend making the cream with decaf grounds and brewing the coffee at your regular strength.
Enjoy making your own Irish Cream for delicious, alcohol-free Irish coffee! Sláinte (cheers)!
Alcohol-Free Irish Cream Recipe for Irish Coffee
Whip up a quick batch of this Irish Cream to add to steaming hot coffee for your next St. Patty's Day get together! You won't miss the alcohol when you take your first sip of this rich, warm, and creamy cup of the Irish.
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp chocolate syrup
- 1 tbsp finely ground coffee
- 1/2 tsp rum flavoring
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Do not over-blend or you'll whip your heavy cream into whipped cream!
Brew coffee according to your favorite method. Add 1/3 cup of cream to 1/2 cup of coffee, or to taste. Reheat if necessary.