My daughter Emily shared a photo of this cocktail (well really a shot) with me last week; I have to admit I had never heard of it. Still, I thought it was not only so cute but just perfect for St
Patty’s Paddy’s Day. You might wonder what the big deal is about putting a beer into a small glass and calling it a cocktail but hold on my friends…there is more to this than a first glance will tell.
I wanted something quintessentially Irish since I’m part Irish and St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday. What could be better than a little mini pour of Guinness right? Well, except it’s not really Guinness. Nope…it’s simply Kahlua topped with some Bailey’s Irish Liqueur. Whew…at least I have that old Irish standard included or this would hardly qualify as a cocktail for an Irish holiday.
Wait…don’t tell me that Bailey’s isn’t really Irish? OK, it’s sort of like me; part Irish. Over 75% of the raw ingredients and packaging used to make and present Baileys is sourced from the island of Ireland. The cream is fresh dairy cream that comes from pasture fed cows in Ireland. The whiskey is Irish Whiskey supplied from a number of distilleries including The Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim. That would seem to substantiate authenticity (except for that elusive 25%) but the truth is that it’s not some historic brew that’s been around since the days of St. Patrick so while good and thankfully NOT green, it’s a late addition to the party; debuting in 1974.
Truth be told, it seems folks in the US have a propensity for taking over holidays and making them their own. Do you know that corned beef and cabbage is not a big deal in Ireland? Made available primarily in locations that serve a big tourist trade, it’s not something that the regular folks in Ireland consider all that important. The colcannon I made earlier this week is a more traditional Irish dish and in my mind, certainly a more delicious one! I have no idea if this ‘Irish Coffee’ cake is authenticate or not but I sure love it and it’s a part of our ‘Let’s be Irish’ day!! For some additional examples of ‘Irish but not Really,’ check out this post from Mouth From the South; it made me smile. No blarney!
Whether Irish or not…I really liked this. It’s not just cute, it’s a sweet ending too.
- 2 oz Coffee Liqueur, chilled
- 1 oz Bailey's Irish Liqueur, chilled
- Fill a shot glass 2/3 full with coffee liqueur.
- Pour the Irish cream over the back of a spoon, down the inside of the glass. It should layer on top of the Kahlua and form the 'head' that makes it look like Guinness.
I liked them cold so I put the bottles into the freezer for about 30 minutes before making the cocktail.