This is such a drab post I'm so ashamed of even blogging it. But this drink brings back memories....and was once a sought after drink by us..and by us I mean the class of 2003- 2005 Madras Christian College, Dept. of Communication. A very close friend of mine J, had a baby today and I dedicate this post to her and the 18 freaks that turned the dept. upside down.
See, as part of Film studies (or whatever it is... I don't even rem. the subject) we had to head to Trivandrum for the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) for about 10 days. After the first few days of intense movie watching, we kinda decided to do our own thing, one of which was hanging out at this place called Swiss Cafe. Everyone was in partying mode and Trivandrum being the not-so-exciting place it is when it comes to partying and night clubs and things like that, we had to make do with small hang outs like these. Now one of the items on their menu was the Irish Coffee and we had no clue what it was till one of us, and I think it was J, announced it has whiskey in it. Of course we all had to have it then and so ordered rounds and rounds of Irish coffee and we even pretended to be tipsy if I'm not mistaken. But in all honesty, I don't think they even added a drop of alcohol, leave alone serve expensive Irish whisky to a bunch of adrenaline charged, enthusiastic college students. We kept going back there again and again and one day after about two or three rounds, they told us they ran out of ingredients ;)
Everyone's grown up now (although I'm pretty sure we'd still be able to get gloriously drunk and stay up till the wee hours of the morning), most of us married and thanks to FB and group mails we are still in touch with each other. So J, here's to more sleepless nights, nappy changes, hug, kisses and toothless smiles and the rest of you...I miss you guys like crazy and lets all meet up soooooooon.
Serves 2. Original recipe here
Double cream- 70 ml
Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
Baileys Irish cream- 1 tbsp
Freshly made black coffee- enough for 2
Irish whisky- 50 ml
Dark brown sugar- 2 tsp
Whip the cream, vanilla extract, Baileys and 1 tsp brown sugar together in a bowl until thick, but not stiff.
Pour some boiling water into the serving glass to make it warm. Leave it there for a while and make the black coffee in the mean time.
Throw away the water and pour the whisky into the glass. Stir in the remaining sugar.
Fill it 3/4th with black coffee and stir well.
Spoon in the cream over the back of another spoon slowly into the black coffee, so it forms a thick layer.
Serve at the end of a meal and your guests would be floored ;)
(and someone please tell me how to take a pic without the reflection)