Warm up this Winter with a traditional Irish Christmas drink. Whether your festive favourite is mulled wine or maybe a nice Irish coffee we hope our recipes makes you feel merry and bright over Christmas this year.
First heat your glass with boiling water and then remove the water from the glass. Place a metal spoon into the glass with the curved side facing upwards. Pour the boiling water over the back of the spoon. This will keep your wine glass from shattering.
Add your whiskey of choice into your glass with your sugar and stir
Add in your boiling water to the mix and stir.
Cut a slice of lemon, removing pips if neccessary and place the cloves into the lemon slice.
Add the lemon and cloves to the drink and serve.
Connemara Irish Coffee from Ballynahinch Castle, Co. Galway
I brown sugar cube
35 ml of Irish Whiskey
1 Shot of coffee
1 tsp of whipped pouring cream
Stir 1 brown sugar cube into hot water. Add 35 ml of Irish whiskey (We use Jameson). Add a shot of coffee. Stir contents together. Pour lightly whipped pouring cream against the back of a teaspoon slowly to allow to sit on top. Add 3 coffee beans for garnish.
Mulled Wine from Kiltimagh Park Hotel, Co. Mayo
1 bottle of a fresh red wine, like a Beaujolais
500ml Irish cider
150ml Irish Gin (Gunpowder Irish Gin)
200ml water (you can add some sugar at this stage if you like it sweeter)
4 freshly squeezed oranges (or 300ml of good quality orange juice)
3 tbsp Irish honey
3 star anise
3 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons of nutmeg or grate one nutmeg
1 orange and 1 lemon, sliced and studded with cloves
Place all the liquid ingredients in a pot and stir. Put a lid on and leave on a low heat for at least one hour but ideally three.
Place half of the orange and lemon slices in the pot and throw the lid back on. Reduce the heat to very low and allow to cook for 15 minutes. Ladle each serve into a glass and garnish with an orange or lemon slice.
Enjoy with loved ones beside and open fire.
Irish Coffee from Cork's Vienna Woods Hotel, Co. Cork
Would you like to learn how to make an Irish Coffee from a Champion?
24 years ago, Michael Magner, owner of Cork's Vienna Woods was the world Irish Coffee making champion so who better to learn from.
Watch the video below on how to make an Irish Coffee at home using only the best local ingredients.
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