This post was made in partnership with Kerrygold Irish Cream. Recipe and ideas are my own.
I know. You’re thinking to yourself… “FROZEN drinks? In winter?! Has she lost her mind?!” But here’s the thing, I L-O-V-E an iced coffee. I drink them year round. And no, it’s not because I live in Southern California. I understand a frozen drink in winter can be a hard sell, especially if you’re braving below zero temps. However, I’m not asking you to drink it outdoors; I’m not that crazy. If you can eat a bowl of ice cream while watching tv at night, you can enjoy a Frozen Irish Coffee this week.
Oh and guess what? It just happens to be National Irish Coffee day on Friday so there’s another excuse to pull out the blender and whip one up!
Any Irish Coffee starts with, well, coffee. For this frozen version I decided on using a cold brew for a slightly sweeter taste to the overall drink. The coffee flavor is also a bit stronger too than regular brewed coffee. But to give it a more fuller coffee taste, I’ve also added in a touch of coffee liqueur. The Irish whiskey gets added in twice here. Once in straight boozy form, and the second with our whiskey-cream-chocolate bomb Kerrygold Irish Cream. The grass-fed milk used in Kerrygold adds a lovely creamy consistency to the drink while the real chocolate gives just a hint of flavor to the final drink.
To round out the drink and give it some additional complexity, I’ve sweetened the coffee with a cinnamon and demerara syrup. A tiny bit of cinnamon gives some sweet and woody notes, while the rich, toasty demerara syrup heightens the coffee flavor (it’s a favorite of mine in coffee drinks).
If you’re already sipping on a hot Irish Coffee this week, then I would highly suggest that you put this recipe in your back pocket until March for that other Irish holiday that this would be totally appropriate for. You could even cover it in green sprinkles (you should definitely do that).
Lastly, you folks may or may not know this already, but in my younger years I used to spin records around Los Angeles (for fun, not as my sole career). So I was thrilled when Kerrygold asked if I could provide some listening soundtracks to the drinks I’ve partnered with them to make. Now, the records (and I mean actual 45s and LPs) that I spun were from my collection of late 1950’s to early 1970’s girl group and garage. These lists will cherrypick a few from there, but I’ll also pick from a wide selection of favorites from all kinds of genres (I also did a classic country stint for about a month too!). If you give it a listen, let me know what you think! You can find all the playlists here on their Spotify page!
Frozen Irish Coffee
Makes 2 drinks
12 ounces cold brew coffee
4 ounces Kerrygold Irish Cream
1 ounce coffee liqueur
2 ounces cinnamon-demerara syrup (recipe follows)
whipped cream and cinnamon, optional
- The night before, freeze the cold brew coffee in ice cube molds. You also could make the syrup now too.
- When ready to make the drink, in a drink or high speed blender (if using a regular blender, crack the cubes first so they don’t jam your blades!) combine the frozen coffee cubes, Kerrygold Irish Cream, coffee liqueur, and cinnamon-demerara syrup. Blend until a smooth consistency is reached.
- Divide the drinks between two glasses. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon if using.
1 cup demerara sugar
1 cup water
3 pieces of cinnamon, 2″ in length
In a saucepan, combine the sugar and the water over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar crystals and then add in the cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Strain into an airtight container and store refrigerated for up to one month.