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How To Make The Best Irish Coffee

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My mom did say that I have some Irish in me! I love concocting drinks ( mostly alcoholic, if you’re new here ), and what better way to bring out an Irish gal than with an amazing, simple cup of coffee. In the mornings, I most always drink black. If I’m in a really awkward mood, I’ll throw in some Bailey’s for creamer.

Things You’ll Need

  • Use freshly brewed coffee- I prefer to grind my beans right before I brew a fresh pot of coffee. Using a bold flavor will enhance the Irish experience.
  • Maple syrup to sweeten. Use about 1/4 teaspoon or less just to throw off the rich whiskey flavor if you prefer. You can also use sugar/brown sugar.
  • A good Irish Whiskey (Jameson)
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Mug
  • Whipped cream ( optional )

Something I just learned is that if you heat your mug before you pour your coffee into it, it will stay hotter, longer……duh! I mean this is common sense but who the hell thinks of that when they just want to chug their damn coffee straight away. I certainly do not do this at all even though I know it exists but I’m someone who will just drink and pour, drink and pour ( if you know what I mean, haha )!

I’ll be honest, as a coffee addict I never thought about adding alcohol to my beverage. There’s so many delicious ways to enjoy the drink…’s insane.

Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream. 

Whenever I add sugar to my coffee I always put the sugar in first. This allows the sugar to melt and the flavor is just 10X better than when you add it afterwards. I am also learning that brown sugar tastes much better than white. YUM.

I was never a whiskey drinker (EVER) until I started watching The Ranch. Haha. Having suffered from chronic pain and doing everything all naturally, I learned that a shot of whiskey every now and then will honestly help relieve not only the pain but the stress that goes along with it. And no, I am not an alcoholic. But who’s judging!

How To Make Irish Coffee

  • Preheat your mug by pouring hot water into it. This allows the brown sugar to melt as soon as you place the sugar in afterwards. Once you pour the hot water in your glass, immediately dump it out
  • Add your brown sugar to the bottom of the glass
  • Pour in your hot freshly brewed strong coffee to about 3/4 of the way
  • Add some whiskey ( I do a splash or two ) yes, I’m weak
  • You can also use Bailey’s as an added alcohol
  • Shake the whipped cream and slowly dollop on top of the coffee so it doesn’t seep into the bottom of the glass. You can use a hot spoon to keep it from slipping.

Drink and ENJOY!!

For more Irish Coffee Recipes You Will Absolutely Love:

Perhaps you may want to try my maple bourbon coffee too! It’s sinful. Now, whether you head out to your favorite coffee shop or make these at home, let me know in the comments how you liked it!! I’m down for sharing more coffee recipes and learning more about the industry. I am truly no coffee aficionado but I pretend to be!

I’m super excited to announce our group on FB, Coffee and Mimosa’s. It’s all things fun, business, life, mamahood and of course, cocktails and coffee drinking! I love it. Come join! We’d love to stir up something stylish and classy.

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How To Make Pour Over Coffee

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Making pour over coffee is one of my favorite ways to create a delicious cup of joe. It’s no secret that our glass percolator is way better than a regular coffee pot but I’ve always had an obsession with learning how to make coffee several different ways. The pour over method is fun and tasty.

You’ll need:

  • Coffee Grinder ( I prefer to grind the coffee beans for better flavor )
  • Coffee Beans
  • Filtered Water + Coffee Filters ( if your maker doesn’t have a built in one )
  • Pour Over Coffee Maker ( Chemex or Bodum )
  • Kettle

Coffee making is all about the quality + what you use. It’s really a beautiful art if you learn to master it. I have been a long time lover of ‘old fashioned’ pots. When I find them in thrift stores, I get really happy! Today, you can find almost any style of modern day coffee maker you can think of. I still don’t own a French Press, LOL. Now you know what to get me for X-Mas.

Start your pour over coffee by grinding some fresh, high quality beans. I use an electric grinder. Grind until the beans are fine.

Using filtered water, boil in a kettle ( I don’t use a thermometer for anything, sorry not sorry ). I’m an eyeball gal all the way so, just pretend you know what you’re doing and so will I.

Some pour over coffee makers have a reusable filter system but most require you to purchase the disposable filters. If you have disposable, just pour some of the boiled water around the filter to prep the maker as in the video below. Place the grounded coffee beans into the base. Use about 1 tablespoon per cup of coffee. If you’re looking to make a full pot (typically 500 ml depending on your cup size maker) measure it out just like you would a regular coffee pot, 1 teaspoon per cups of water. But you’ll learn quickly how you like your pour over coffee and make adjustments along the way.

Don’t pour the water in fast. Take it slowly in a circular motion and as mentioned in the video, simply do your first pour just covering the coffee and wait about a minute. Continue pouring over until finished.

Super simple and fun. Such a gorgeous piece of equipment in your kitchen. If you don’t have one by now, add to your list! Be sure to follow Downshiftology on YouTube. Until next time, more coffee please!

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Homemade Iced Eggnog Latte Recipes

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Hello and Happy Holidays! I think we can officially bust out the eggnog, cinnamon and all of those sinfully, decadent desserts, eh?! Eggnog has never been my favorite, until now. It’s important for me to learn how to enjoy the simple things in life and being a coffee addict gets boring if you don’t add flavors to the mix. This delicious maple bourbon is perfect for cold, Saturday nights. Currently I am sipping on an iced eggnog latte created right here at home! I am one of those concoction people but I’m also a really simple gal and this is just too easy not to share.

I did not look up any recipes prior to making my own at home because I figured a simple addition to my coffee would be this Southern Comfort Eggnog, some whipped cream and call it a day! This is the time of year where I sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg (on everything, haha). I’ve been making iced coffee at home for a very long time and this just topped off that craving for Christmas desserts.

Homemade Iced Eggnog Latte

Using your Keurig or Nespresso machine, brew a strong, small cup of coffee ( I used the first button on my Keurig )- you can also whip up an espresso shot for that rich flavor. I didn’t have any shots left so I just brewed a cup of coffee. Starbucks ground tastes better than any other brand by far but use whatever you have on hand.

You’ll Need:

  • 6-8 oz glass
  • a handful of ice cubes
  • premade (store bought) Eggnog
  • shot of espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • sugar (optional)
  • whipped cream
  • nutmeg or cinnamon
  • cinnamon sticks
  • frother (not completely necessary)

I already had most of these ingredients at home, just bought the eggnog and whipped cream from our local grocers and had a blast whipping it up.


There’s a few different ways you can do this! I did differently on each day.

You can froth the eggnog for a foamier experience or simply pour right over your coffee. Use about 1/2 cup of eggnog to each cup of coffee or add more to your liking.

  • Add Ice To Glass
  • Pour Coffee Into Glass ( About Halfway )
  • Pour Eggnog Directly Into the glass and give a little whirl
  • Add Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg for additional holiday flavor. I slipped a cinnamon stick into the glass as well. YUM

The days are different for me. Sometimes I’ll add more coffee, perhaps even the coffee + a turbo shot, less eggnog and/or more eggnog. Just depends on my taste buds. You cannot go wrong no matter how you whip it up. I will say BE CAREFUL not to add too many iced cubes to avoid the watering down. Then it will taste awful.

My next attempt will be a warm one but for now, even in the midst of the colder weather, I’m enjoying iced. It just beats that afternoon craving before dinner time when I get extremely HANGRY! Ha.

Here’s some really good recipes as well! I like to share other ways of making something just in case y’all have different go-to’s. But I’m far too lazy (busy) to do it from scratch.

Tastes Better From Scratch
Tastes of Lizzy T
Joy The Baker

I decided that I’m going to use RUM to make my alcoholic version. Like us on Insta and FB if you want to follow along! Until next time, more coffee please!

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Top 5 Best Coffee Cake Recipes

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When I was a little gal my mom always had coffee cake sitting on the dining room table. It was like a must have for all the coffee addicts back in the day! Sound familiar? Right. Well it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t share the best coffee cake recipes of all time. I’m in love with baking and this is such a fun food to make. We researched and tested the top recipes so you don’t have to. Perhaps the maple bourbon will go great with these?! No, yeah…maybe so! Haha.

SUGAR SPUN RUN shares her fabulous cinnamon coffee cake recipe that is to DIE for! The streusel topping is a must for those who love the brown sugar crunch. I personally would not make this any other way! It’s exactly scrumptious and really a neat little addition to any bed and breakfast!!!

Next is my girl at Damn Delicious. She has the most fabulous recipes of all time. This coffee cake with crumble topping is another one you can try. I’m giving you the top 5 best coffee cake recipes so that y’all can enjoy a taste of the good life. It’s not easy choosing just one of these awesome bakers ……. which means you can try at least 2 or more. She uses greek yogurt in her recipe.

What’s great about these recipes we’re sharing today is that they each have an easy print out selection so you have it at your fingertips.

If you like the sour cream version, try this. It’s absolutely delicate and so very easy to make. It’s always a great idea to steal GRANDMA’S RECIPES. Hellllllo!

CHEESECAKE optional said no one ever! Added cream cheese, hell to the yes! The best ever coffee cake recipe breaks it down for you and shares where the cake was originated from, how to store and more. Win win recipe for sure.

LIL LUNA has style for the simplicity in our lives. This coffee cake recipe is not only easy but includes nutritional value and has a 4.75 rating out of 155 votes. Now that’s really good. Moist and delicious.

Coffee Cake was intended to be eaten with coffee. In the 17th century, Northern/Central Europeans came up with the idea. Over time bakers added cream cheese and sour creams to the recipes. It’s a sweet morning, afternoon or evening dessert for any coffee lover. I’m excited to share more recipes on Coffee Addict Mama. I love food and coffee. It’s such a great conversation piece, no one can resist! Share your favorite recipe below and be sure to let us know if you’d like to write an article for us.

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How To Make Maple Bourbon Coffee

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Hey! We’re not drinking just because it’s Friday…….or are we?! Mixing concoctions is one of my all time favorites. During the holiday season especially. Coffee is a delicious drink that you can really twist up every now and again. So many of us get used to the everyday black cuppa, but we’re going to show you how to make a maple bourbon coffee. It’s sinfully delish.

How To Make A Maple Bourbon Coffee

Now, this is extremely simple to make. I always try to use my leftover coffee (if there is any) from the pot in the morning. The same rules apply when whipping up a really quick iced coffee. Maple Bourbon Coffee is a sinfully rich, decadent flavored alcoholic beverage that really spikes up your taste buds like no other. I’m really not a coffee addict unless I start mixing things up a bit, haha!

You’ll Need:

  • a 6-8 oz glass cup
  • an espresso maker (optional) you can use extra strong brewed coffee if you don’t have one
  • crown maple syrup
  • homemade creamer
  • ice cubes
  • leftover coffee for that pinch of WHOA or cold brew
  • bourbon

Start by adding 1 espresso shot to your glass of ice ( I don’t use as much ice as normal because I like that rich warm flavor as well ). In a pinch I use an espresso flavored K-Cup if I don’t have any Nespresso shots left in the cupboard. I tend to run out of a lot of coffee related things because well, I’m a coffee addict. So don’t worry if you do not have that espresso maker mentioned above. We have always used one because they are fantastic for late night shots when we’re watching a movie on a cold winters day!

A while back I bought the maple syrup as a healthier version to my Aunt Jemima cravings. I also use a swig in my coffee when I don’t want to use honey sometimes.

Now add 1 teaspoon of Crown Maple Syrup (you can use any brand of maple syrup) and give it a swirl with a spoon. Adding a pinch of that leftover coffee or cold brew will give it a much richer flavor! 1 teaspoon of Bourbon and top with that homemade creamer. Sprinkle some nutmeg into the jam and ENJOY!

In an effort to keep my concoction spirit alive, this holiday season will be filled with recipes here on Coffee Addict Mama, so subscribe and indulge. Happy Friday My Coffee Addict Friends!!

There’s also flavored bourbon coffee. Who knew. Until next time, more coffee please.