After Guinness, the Irish coffee is quite possibly Ireland's most famous drink. This hot cocktail is a mixture of coffee, whiskey, sugar, and cream. It's famous thanks to the Buena Vista Cafe, a San Francisco establishment that perfected the recipe in 1952 and has since served countless Irish coffees — including the world's largest one ever. I headed to the cafe to learn its signature technique for making Irish coffee. Here, bartender Paul Nolan, who's been at the cafe for 32 years and estimates he's poured over 3-4 million Irish coffees, teaches us how it's done.
Can't fathom sipping an iced cocktail as the temperature continues dipping? Then settle in with a batch of steamy buttered rum instead — it'll warm you to the core, even in bone-chillingly cold climes. This recipe for hot buttered rum is the best I've ever had, in part because it calls for a spiced butter as its base.
This recipe also incorporates ground ginger, grated orange zest, and a fresh squeeze of orange juice for zing at the very end; all of these truly round out the typical wintry spice notes. I recommend using a good-quality spiced rum, like Cruzan's 9 Spiced Rum, to boost flavor even further. Cuddle up to a cup when you read on.
During the process of making yesterday's hot rum, pineapple, and maple toddy, it occurred to me that some of you might not enjoy hot cocktails. From buttered rum to mulled punch to classic whiskey toddies, I'm a fan of warm guzzlers, especially during chilly weather. After all, they're no different from coffee and tea, which I drink daily, even in the Summer. What about you?
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After years of living in San Francisco, I've made peace with the constant, bone-chilling wet weather. But there are still days — like this overcast Monday morning — when I can't seem to get warm, even after several cups of hot coffee. That's when I pine for a hot toddy, the only cold-weather warmer that can shake off chills this fierce.
I learned how to make this last year while sitting at the bar of a local bistro, Café Claude. After drinking his specialty, I was instantly toasty — and the bartender, David, was kind enough to share his recipe. Now I'm passing along that soothing and fuzzy feeling to you! Get the easy recipe when you keep on reading.