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Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day 

Completely off topic, but Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all. While this day of boozing and corned beef and cabbage is largely an invention of Irish Americans (and adopted now as a tourism strategy by Ireland itself), it does make a nice Spring celebration for anyone who has a little Irish in them (and given what I know about the Irish, the odds are pretty good that most of you have an Irishman or three somewhere back in the family tree).

In honor of this day, I present my Grandmother's family recipe for Irish Coffee, a drink that has the beneficial effect of keeping you awake throughout your heavy drinking.

Make a double or triple strength pot of coffee. It's got to be strong.
Use Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey (my grandfather's favorite).
Make fresh whipped cream, but don't whip it fully, and use half as much sugar as you normally do--or better yet, none at all.

In a glass, place two teaspoons of brown (never white!) sugar, and whiskey to taste. Stir and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the coffee.
Layer the half-whipped cream on top (achieving an effect similar to a well poured glass of Guinness.)
Sip away.

The strong coffee, brown sugar and half-whipped cream make all the difference.

Here's to you, Grandma! (Still with us, thankfully, in her 80s).

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