Beverages, Part 3

These are my winter drinks.  Why?  I don’t have a good reason.  They all have whip cream; does that count?  They are easy to make for a crowd and they look fabulous in my Christmas or Halloween mugs.  Yes, I have Christmas and Halloween mugs.  Doesn’t everyone?

I searched out the recipe for White Russians after seeing The Big Lebowski the first time.  It is an incredibly funny movie and I wanted to honor the Dude by drinking his beverage of choice.   Unfortunately for me, it was a little too sweet, but both Greg and Chris enjoy them.

Greg has loved Bailey’s since his 20’s, so whenever I find a beverage that has his favorite ingredient in it, we have to give it a try.  I love having a bag of espresso ice cubes in the freezer.  It makes iced coffee better and it adds just the right touch to any drink with Bailey’s.  You will be happy if you follow my lead on this.  When blood oranges are in season, I freeze a gazillion ice cubes with a piece in each cube.  Handy…..

Winter is coming, so give these a try.  They make everything feel more celebratory.  Now that’s a word!

White Russian

2 ounces vodka

1 ounce coffee-flavored liqueur


1 ounce heavy cream

Combine vodka, coffee liqueur and ice in an old-fashioned glass.  Slowly pour cream over top.

***  Homage to the Dude.  Greg has never been a big drinker, but he does enjoy a White Russian.

Whipped Cream and Baileys

1 ½ ounces Baileys

1 ½ ounces Whipped Cream Vodka

Fill an old-fashioned glass with espresso ice cubes.  Add vodka and Bailey’s.  Stir to chill.

***  These look amazing.  I have all these silly ice cube trays that I fill with espresso.  A beverage with a school of fish or a bunch of kisses somehow tastes better.

Irish Coffee

1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 ½ ounces)  Bushmill’s if you have it

Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Fill mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty.  Pour hot coffee into warmed mug until it is about ¾ full.  Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved.  Blend in Irish whiskey.  Top with a collar of the lightly whipped heavy cream by pouring it gently over the back of a spoon.  Serve hot.

***  Of course I like these, I’m Irish.  Come late fall and winter, an Irish coffee is the bomb-diggity.  When Greg and I are done decorating the Christmas tree, you can bet we will be sitting on the couch admiring our handiwork with an Irish coffee in our hands.  I even have Irish porcelain mugs to serve it in.  Well, I only have 2, one for G and one for me.

and remember:  God created whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.  Big kiss, Lynn

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