You know the people who don't drink coffee? Those annoying ones who don't need it in the morning to wake up; nor throughout the day to stay up? Yeah, hi, that's me. No coffee ever; unless it's café au lait ... in Paris.
My reasons for not drinking coffee are simple and totally unrelated to health. Firstly, I'm generally supercharged, so caffeine would be superfluous in my life. Growing up my parents used to tell me that I had "une cervelle de singe." That’s French for monkey brain, because I could never sit still. Secondly, I'm not crazy about the flavor of coffee, or so I thought.
Enter the Buena Vista Cafe; a San Francisco institution that I finally made my way to, as I continued my goodbye tour of all things San Francisco. A friend insisted that I try their signature drink, and lured me with this riddle: What is dark, luscious, and deeply satisfying? ...Turns out there's more than one answer to the question, but it also turns out that the answer she was looking for was Irish coffee. In retrospect, she could have saved us some time, foregone the riddle, and led with WHISKEY.
Irish coffee might not have been invented at the Buena Vista, but they've certainly perfected it. It saddens me deeply that I only just discovered this drink. Four simple ingredients: Coffee, sugar, whiskey, whipped cream. One simple tool: a spoon.
Coffee with whiskey. And just like that, I became a coffee convert.
- Irish Whiskey
- Sugar cubes
- Whipped cream
For the whipped cream:
Place 1/4 cup of heavy cream in a medium bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar. Beat vigorously with a whisk until soft peaks form.
For the Irish coffee:
Fill glass with very hot water to pre-heat, then empty.
Pour hot coffee into hot glass until it is about three-quarters full.
Drop in two sugar cubes.
Stir until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.
Add full jigger of Irish Whiskey to each glass.
Top with a dollop of lightly whipped whipping cream by pouring gently over a spoon.