Irish Coffee

December 19, 2013 · 6 comments

It was purely for medicinal purposes, you understand, to take the chill off.

Irish Coffee-5Last weekend the four of us (three usual suspects plus Rick’s dad, Stu) were out for a nippy walk in a wind that was so brisk, it was blowing some people’s ears into a furry froth around their head.

Others in our party had neglected to fully reel in the concept of “yes, it’s really winter” before setting out and had grabbed the nearest lid at hand, a leather rancher’s hat. His ears, lacking any substantial degree of fur, quickly registered a solid seven on the ouch-o-meter.

However, with a mid-walk donation of a micro-fibre fleece scarf, we improvised…

Irish Coffee-2… and with a little help from his friends, Rick winterized his giddy up.

(For more cutting-edge haute couture ideas, please visit “Men’s Hats Gone Bad.”)

Irish Coffee-1The trick is a firm hand with the turban knotting at the back. The fringe of beautiful curly silver hair was an unexpected bonus, although later on he had an interesting case of hat hair.

By the time we headed homewards,the wind was at our back (good), the sun was down (bad), and it got darn chilly, dang quick.

Irish Coffee-7
What a treat to step back into a cozy home with a beautifully lit Christmas tree, work on a Christmas-themed [easyazon-link asin=”B003CYKYFW” locale=”us”]1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle[/easyazon-link], (half done at that point), and the snap and crackle of a glowing wood stove.

Irish Coffee-4If there ever was a time to bust out some perfect Irish coffee mugs and fill ’em up, it was then.

We didn’t let the fact that we don’t have Irish coffee mugs stop us. We’re “make do” kind of folk around here (see “winterized giddy up” above).

It turns out that [easyazon-link asin=”B0000B1Y4F” locale=”us”]exquisite Waterford crystal goblets[/easyazon-link], in this case having been handed down from one generation to another, work even better.

Irish Coffee-6Beautiful crystal + hot, robust coffee + smooth Irish whiskey + a little brown sugar + and cool and creamy fresh whipped cream after a brisk late afternoon winter walk = one glorious seasonal happy bomb.

Merry Christmas!

Irish Coffee

4 ounces freshly brewed coffee
1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey (we used Jameson’s, naturally)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Dollop of freshly whipped cream

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Debra January 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

Looks like the PERFECT endulgence!


Sandi Fentiman December 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm

You are such a good sport to pose while wearing two sets of head gear. At least you got your ears warmed up. And the Irish coffee sound very warming.


Cousin Susan December 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I read this basically to find out what winterizing one’s giddy-up was actually all about. The Irish Coffee recipe was an added bonus. Thanks and Merry Christmas Kathy and Rick! (and of course Winnie the wonder pooch. Hope his ears have also recovered).


Starly June 10, 2016 at 6:43 am

I’m quite pleased with the inioamrtfon in this one. TY!


Kristie Pham December 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

Yum!! Makes me want to move and be your next door neighbor.


Kathy P. December 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

What fun! All those ingredients are right here in Montana too — including sparkling glass cider mugs, a warm crackling wood stove, and fresh snow falling outside… : )


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