Have you ever wondered why excessive drinking is linked to St. Patrick’s Day? Why a seemingly religious day on March 17, in observance of the death of Saint Patrick, a fifth-century patron saint of Ireland, is the day for partying and drinking lots of alcohol?
St. Patrick’s Day is a day where Christians are traditionally ‘let loose’ from the rules and restrictions of Lent (from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday) to party – eating and drinking whatever they want, along with dancing and singing. But for us, St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to combine coffee and alcohol.
So, if you’re looking for ways to enjoy alcohol and coffee at the same time, look no further! I have created the Irish Shamrock Latte – a warm alcoholic coffee beverage, just in time for the celebration.
- 2 ounces of espresso
- 4 ounces of steamed milk
- ½ teaspoon of Irish Cream flavored syrup
- ½ teaspoon of Whiskey
- Espresso machine
- Milk frothing pitcher
- Coffee cup
- Latte art etching tool (optional)
1. Start with a double shot of espresso in a coffee cup.
NOTE: You can opt for a strong coffee using other brewing methods such as a Moka pot, French press, and Aeropress if you don’t have an espresso machine at home. You’ll get equally delicious espresso using these methods.
Additional information on how to use Moka pots, French presses and Aeropresses is available on our blog. Please read: (1) How to Brew Espresso with Moka Pot (2) How to Make Coffee with French press (3) How to Brew Coffee with Aeropress.
2. Use cold milk and froth it until the temperature reaches 140 to 150°F. Set aside.
If you don’t have a steam wand, use a handheld milk frother or even a mason jar.
3. Add approximately ½ teaspoon of Irish Cream syrup to the espresso.
4. Add ½ teaspoon of Whiskey to the espresso.
5. Pour frothed milk down the center of the cup to swirl the milk, espresso, Irish Cream syrup, and Whiskey together.
6. Spoon a dollop of milk foam, aka microfoam, on top of the latte. Use an etching tool or a toothpick to etch your favorite pattern. For this recipe, I am adding some green by using food coloring in my microfoam. Here comes a shamrock latte art, which is the most iconic symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day.
For details on latte art, read my articles on What You Need to Create Latte Art at Home and How to Make Latte Art at Home Without Expensive Coffee Machines.
7. Drink it while it’s hot.
You can now enjoy this easy to make coffee beverage at home with friends. Please drink responsibly. Go green and make this Saint Patrick’s Day a festive one with the Irish Shamrock Latte, your March special beverage. Don’t forget to wear green too. Here’s a t-shirt to celebrate with friends and co-workers:
Article and photos by Latte Art Guy.