THIS DELICIOUS ST. PATRICK’S DAY COCKTAIL COMBINES HOMEMADE COLD BREW COFFEE WITH SLIGHTLY SWEET COLD FOAM, A TOUCH OF WHISKEY, AND A SPRINKLE OF SEA SALT. ABSOLUTE POUR-FECTION!
Homemade Cold Brew Coffee + Homemade Cold Foam + Irish Whiskey + Sea Salt = the only drink you’ll need for St. Patrick’s Day!
It seems weird to be typing out a St. Patrick’s Day recipe right now. With the school closures and the event cancellations and the massive stockpiling of toilet paper.
But what else can I do? What else should I do? I’m washing my hands religiously, wiping down surfaces like a maniac, and avoiding unnecessary trips out in public. (Truth be told, I do all of those things majority of the time anyway.)
Curtailing public appearances means less trips to the coffee shop, too. That’s a big difference from these last two weeks – traveling for me equates to constantly imbibing coffee. From Cuban coffees in Miami cafes (omg, so good) to cortados at the Village Grind to cold brew with salted cold foam from Starbucks drive-thrus, it’s been all coffee all the time. As it should be.
During my travels, I picked up some beans from Cuban Coffee Queen in the Florida Keys along with a cup of their cold brew. After the first sip, I knew I had to try my own hand at creating homemade cold brew coffee upon my return to Wisconsin.
WHAT IS COLD BREW COFFEE?
If you didn’t know, cold brew coffee is coffee that is brewed with, you guessed it, cold water! It’s a slightly time intensive, but very simple process that leads to a smoother, less acidic, slightly sweet brew that’s perfect over ice (and with some Irish whiskey). It’s also much more concentrated than regular coffee and should be mixed with water before serving, just fyi.
BUT WHAT IS COLD FOAM?
Cold foam is the bonkers option at Starbucks that is essentially whipped cream going on top of iced coffee. Like the frothed milk of a latte but, y’know, cold. I adapted my version of cold foam from this recipe for Starbucks’s sweet cream and simply whipped the bajeezus out of it with my Ninja blender. If you don’t want to go through the process of whipping it up, you totally don’t have to! It can just as easily be mixed into the cold brew like regular coffee creamer. I’m not going to tell you how to live your life.
But, I will offer some suggestions. Take care of yourself. Be nice. To everyone. Wash yer dang hands. Drink some coffee. And some whiskey.
Cold Brew Irish Coffee with Salted Cold Foam
For the cold brew coffee:
- 6 ounces coffee beans coarsely ground
- 6 cups cold water
For the sweet cream cold foam:
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the Irish Coffee:
- 2 oz. whiskey if desired
- Flaky sea salt for serving
For the cold brew:
- In a large jar, combine the ground coffee and water, stirring well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours, up to 20. After chilling, place a fine mesh sieve over a large measuring cup or bowl and line with a damp coffee filter. Pour coffee through sieve in batches, tossing and replacing coffee filter if necessary. Return to the jar (that’s been rinsed!) and store filtered cold brew in fridge until ready to use.
For the cold foam:
- Whisk together the condensed milk, heavy cream, and vanilla extract until smooth. Keep in fridge until ready to use. When ready to serve place in Ninja or blender and whip until thick and creamy, if desired.
To make the Cold Brew Irish Coffee with Salted Cold Foam:
- Fill a large glass halfway with ice cubes. Add ¼ cup cold water and ¼ – ½ cup cold brew coffee, depending on how strong you like it. Add whiskey, if desired, and stir to combine. Top with cold foam and sprinkle with sea salt before serving. Repeat as necessary during these trying times.