The Connection between Irish Cream and this Liqueur
I have a soft corner, nay the softest corner for Bailey’s Irish Cream. Anyone who knows about Bailey’s would also know that it is a coffee liqueur. And anyone who knows about liqueurs would know that they fall into the premium category.
What do you do when you want an Irish Cream on the lines of the Bailey’s Irish Cream coffee formula without having to burn a hole in your pocket? Perhaps you aren’t concerned about the hole but cannot find a bottle at the local liquor mart. Whatever be it, if you reply in the affirmative to either, this coffee flavoured liqueur cocktail recipe is yours for the asking.
In this age of hustle and bustle, everyone looks for the easy way out and the least expensive one too. So, I couldn’t help but envision what I thought was a perfect shortcut of a recipe for coffee liqueur. It’s simple, quick and not too hard on the pocket.
If you don’t dig coffee, well, don’t look this way. If you do, it will help to know that this is what I term as an “imitation Baileys Irish Coffee liqueur” or “shortcut Irish Cream liqueur”. Term it a “coffee dessert”, if you may, depending on how much ice-cream goes into this coffee flavoured liqueur.
Cream on Velvet – A Coffee Liqueur Recipe
- Wine Glass
- Coffee plunger
- 30 ml vodka
- 3 tsp filter coffee powder (to make"filter coffee", refer method below)
- 2 cups water
- 3 scoops Coffee-walnut OR Cappucino ice-cream (Natural's is just great)
- 1 cherry (for garnishing)
- 4-5 cubes ice (crushed)
How to Make "Filter Coffee" for Coffee Liqueur Recipe
- Boil two tablespoons of filter coffee in two cups water for 15 minutes. Let cool till the coffee residue has settled to the bottom, filter and let sit in the refrigerator.(Alternatively, use a coffee plunger which gives better results).
Method for Mixing the Coffee Liqueur Recipe
- Grab a wine glass from your bar, drop in some crushed ice swirling it to give the glass a frosted appearance. Like your window on a rainy day.
- Spoon in two scoops of ice-cream, then pour in the chilled liquid coffee, followed by a shot of vodka.
- Stir thoroughly, till the ingredients are blended well into the other.
- Add yet another scoop of ice-cream, then lace the the creamy layer with a few spoons of chilled liquid coffee.
- Now DO NOT stir it vigorously as the coffee could give the cocktail bitter undertones. It's added to merely give the mouth a burst of coffeelicious aroma.
- Drop in a red cherry for garnish, if you may into this simulated Baileys Irish Coffee. (Cherries are red, you may reiterate but in my defence, the word red was attributed to the cherry to help you vividly visualize the look of a dash of red in a cream coloured cocktail).
How to Describe this Coffee Liqueur Cocktail
A velvety liquid, with a coffee aftertaste. Smooth and silky.