Most years when St. Patrick's Day rolls around I'm busy making all kinds of treats. In previous years I've made Peppermint Brownie Batter Fudge, St. Patrick's Day Puppy Chow, and Black Midnight Cake. All were totally delicious and I'd make them again in a minute.
So why am I looking for something different this year? Because my husband and I have been watching what we eat and counting calorie so while I am still making some baked goods and treats it's been on a much smaller scale or whenever we know we will be seeing people that will enjoy them.
You may not know this but ever since my son was born we've been drinking a lot of coffee. We drank coffee before he was born but usually it was only in the morning. Since he was born we drink coffee in the morning, midday, and even in the afternoons. We often run to Starbucks or McDonald's just to get another coffee.
Since we drink a lot of coffee I've been making more and more coffee drinks. I enjoying making drinks because they are easy and something that I can easily change up an ingredient or two and make something totally different. With St. Patrick's Day coming up I thought making an Irish Coffee would be a wise choice.
Instead of making the traditional coffee I wanted to make a Salted Caramel Irish Coffee. This version places brown sugar, sea salt, and caramel sauce in the mug before pouring in the hot coffee and Irish whiskey. After it's all stirred together the coffee is topped off with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel, and a sprinkle of sea salt. I also added some green sprinkles because hey, it's St. Patrick's Day!
This coffee is perfect for a cold, winter day. With the whiskey and the hot coffee it truly will warm you up from the inside out. Plus, I like my coffee a little sweeter and this has just a little bit of sweetness from the brown sugar and caramel and definitely gets a kick from the whiskey.
I'm pretty sure this Salted Caramel version of the Irish Coffee is going to be on our weekend sipping menu a lot during the cold months!
Pro Tips & Substitutions:
- Use chocolate syrup instead of caramel to make a Mocha Irish Coffee.
- You can skip the whipped cream and simply add a tablespoon or two of milk or cream to get the creaminess in the coffee without all the calories.
- Adjust the amount of whiskey based on personal preference.
- 4 t. brown sugar
- 2 T. caramel sauce + extra for topping
- 1 t. salt + extra for topping
- 2 oz. Irish whiskey
- 16 oz. hot coffee
- whipped cream
- green sprinkles (optional)
- Place 2 teaspoon of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of caramel sauce in each of two coffee mugs. Sprinkle each with the salt.
- Pour 1 ounce of whiskey into each mug.
- Pour 8 oz. hot coffee into each mug and mix well.
- Top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, a sprinkle of salt, and green sprinkles if desired.
A Hezzi-D original recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 1240mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g
Easy St. Patrick's Day Recipes
- Beef Stew with Guinness by That Recipe
- Colcannon Hash with Fried Eggs by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Irish Champ by Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Instant Pot Guinness Beef Stew by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Low-Carb Reuben Soup by Art of Natural Living
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