I have issues with alcohol + hot. Seemingly-insurmountable issues. You can keep you hot toddies and your mulled wine. But I keep hearing about how amazing authentic Irish coffees are and felt like I had to truly give them a fair shot.
Then I ran across this black raspberry Irish coffee cocktail and was INTRIGUED.
What makes it different than a regular Irish coffee?? Mostly it’s the addition of Chambord liqueur, in a couple guises.
Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur made in France, aged in old cognac barrels. It’s super delish and you can use it in an easy Chambord Royale (with champagne). But this is a more unique application, bringing something special to a traditional cocktail like the Irish coffee.
This recipe comes from Slane Irish Whiskey, and the addition of Chambord’s rich black raspberry flavor highlights the fruity and vanilla notes in the whiskey (to me at least).
The pictures aren’t much (it’s hard to make this cocktail look sexy), but there is a lot to love about this interesting take on the Irish coffee. I’m still not necessarily a “hot cocktail” fan, but this drink could maybe convert me!
Though I kept thinking…hmm, would this be delicious as an cold coffee cocktail??
First of all, let’s talk about Chambord syrup…what a revelation! I want to put this on, like, everything.
You start by making some simple Chambord syrup by heating the Chambord and sugar in a small saucepan, and slowly reducing (should take about 7-10 minutes). Let it cool slightly.
While that’s going, you can make the Chambord whipped cream as well.
Stir together the cold whipping cream, Chambord, sugar (go light!), and vanilla in a large bowl, then use a stand mixer or hand mixer to whip until the cream has slight peaks (but that don’t hold).
Taste and add any more sugar or Chambord as needed, then continue to whip until the cream has peaks (but the tips bend and curl).
Finally, make your cocktail. Prepare the espresso shots.
In a traditional Irish Coffee glass or similar (they look something like this), add boiling water to just under halfway in the glass, then add the espresso, whiskey, and Chambord simple syrup to the glass.
Top with the Chambord whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings (if you feel inclined).
Honestly that Chambord whipped cream is LIFE. To me this black raspberry Irish coffee was such a fun twist on a classic cocktail!
Other whiskey cocktails you’ll love:
- “If Eggnog Were Good” Bourbon Milk Punch
- Rye Port Manhattan Cocktail
- Preservation Punch: A Whiskey Cocktail for Fall
- “River Boyne Fizz”, An Irish Whiskey Cocktail