Let's Make Irish Coffee

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"If you are lucky enough to be born Irish, you are lucky enough". ~Unknown

It's a great time of year...Right in the middle of Lenten season...Christmas is a distant memory, Spring is around the corner which means warmer weather (hopefully) and people are gearing up for spring break. THEN....here comes St Patrick's Day. A day that was the holiest of holy days for our family. (wink wink smiley face) My parents were hosting a party or going to one. Either way, there was a party. 

When I was older, and after college, I moved to Southern CA. There was a great place I loved hanging out in Newport Beach CA. It was a little Irish Pub/Restaurant called Muldoon's Irish Pub. As the sun begins to set in SoCal, it always cools down quite a bit even in the summer. I always enjoyed a wonderful cup of Irish Coffee made dark with some good ol' Irish Whiskey. Still a favorite beverage for me today AND especially since I roast coffee...well it's an awesome cup! 

A little history about the beginning of Irish coffee:

Irish Coffee began back in 1942 at an airbase near Limerick. This was a main airport for Flying Boats flying between Europe and the US. Weather along the west coast of Ireland can be very bad causing the fights to return back to the airbase and waiting for the weather to clear. 

On a particular stormy winter night, a pilot decided to return back to the airbase and wait out the storm. Mostly of Americans, (the flight was heading into New York) the restaurant was informed that the flight would be returning and the passengers would be there overnight. A young Irish Chef Joe Sheridan decided to prepare the passengers a warm and wonderful drink. He brewed rich dark coffee, added a small amount of brown sugar, some Irish Whiskey and floated some creme on top. As the passengers began to take in their first sip they were amazed at the wonderful taste. A passenger asked "Hey is this Brazilian Coffee?" "No" Chef Joe replied..."It's  Irish Coffee."

Irish Coffee became a staple on the menu and if it wasn't for a travel writer, Stanton Deplane, it wouldn't have become such an international success. Stanton took the recipe to Jack Keoppler, a bartender at the infamous Buena Vista in San Francisco where they worked diligently to recreate the recipe. The problem was that the whipped creme kept sinking to the bottom. Through trial and error they realized they needed to add a little sugar and make a thick creme, not cold whipped creme to set on top. 

Today, the Buena Vista is still famous for making and selling Irish Coffees. They say that they average about 2,000 Irish Coffees a day.

I am adding the original (and awesome tasting) Irish Coffee from the Buena Vista. Dazzle your friends & family and offer this wonderful drink on these cool/chilly nights. 

Here is the original Joe Sheridan Irish Coffee Recipe:

Cream - Rich as an Irish Brogue  
Coffee - Strong as a Friendly Hand
Sugar - Sweet as the tongue of a Rogue
Whiskey - Smooth as the Wit of the Land.

Pre-heat a clear stemmed glass with very hot water. Empty the water, and add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar. Now add some freshly brewed rich coffee and stir.  As soon as the sugar is melted, add a generous measure of Irish Whiskey (about 2.5cl). Stir again, then wait for the brew to still. Now take a hot teaspoon and pour gently whipped fresh cream slowly over the back of the spoon. The cream should be "half whipped" i.e. not too stiff and not too liquid. 

I suggest Lolita's Blend, Brazil Dark or any dark roasted coffee of your choosing as your coffee base for this wonderful Irish drink. Cheers, or if you wish to say it in gaelic, Slàinte

Lolita 

 

 

Tis The Season For Gift Giving!

Wow! Wasn't it just Halloween? I can't believe that the holidays are here. We've been busy roasting and baking for several holiday events plus doing some fun catering and corporate gift giving for clients. 

Coffee Gift Subscription

Coffee Gift Subscription

If you're in a quandary for gifts, you can always call me and see if there is something we can create and customize for you. In the meantime...here are some gift ideas to check out. 

A Gift of Coffee:  Like Cousin Eddie says in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,  "It's the gift that keeps on giving all year long." You can set up for any amount. You can order 1 bag or more to be locally delivered by hand or shipped on a monthly basis. Fresh roasted coffe delivered to your door and be charged on a math.y basis. You can choose how many months you wish to have coffee delivered...12 months, 6 months, 3 months or 1 month... Whatever you like. Just contact me to set up your gift subscription. 

Hot chocolate on a stick

Hot chocolate on a stick

Hot Chocolate On A Stick:  who doesn't love a rich cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night. All you do is add your favorite hot milk, 2%, almond or soy, add your chocolate on a stick and stir.  Looking for a dark, rich Mocha Coffee...add one of these to your coffee. A rich dessert in your cup. Available in a 2,4 or 6 pack. We will wrap in festive ribbon. 

Salted Caramels:  Made fresh and with all natural ingredients. A sweet caramel chew with a hint of sea salt.  

Salted Caramels, Coffee Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramels, Coffee Caramel Sauce

Half-N-Half:  How about a little coffee and hot chocolate? Great gift for co-workers, friends and family.  

Lolita's Coffee Caramel Sauce:  What a wonderful treat, dip your favorite fruit or pretzels, pour over ice cream or just grab a spoon. infused with our coffee gives you a hint of coffee to the caramel flavor. 

Merry Holy*Latte: A fun gift for anyone who loves a latte. A sample of fresh coffee, syrup,whisk and directions on how to make a latte at home. Wrapped in a cute burlap sack. We have choices of flavors too.

Lolita's Chocolate Clusters:  A popular sweet that goes great with coffee. Fresh roasted coffee beans and pecans dipped in a rich dark chocolate with a hint of sea salt to finish it off.  

Chocolate Clusters, Holly*Latte Bag and Half-N-Half

Chocolate Clusters, Holly*Latte Bag and Half-N-Half

Mug Huggers:  A fun way to enjoy a mini gingerbread cookie with your coffee. Just hang it in the rim of your coffee cup. Sweet and spicy gingerbread with a lemon icing. Simple and delicious. Makes a great gift to set at the place settings for guests arriving for dinner, teachers or your awesome clients. We can make as many as you need just give us a call for larger orders. 

If you're looking to put something together in a container, contact me and let's create something special for you.  Be sure to check out our website for additional items we have. 

Mug Huggers

Mug Huggers

When it comes to shipping, we are quickly approaching the cut-off date. With Christmas being on a Sunday you need to order now so we can fulfill by next week and ship out.  

Local deliveries have a little more time...give us a call and if you need something special for an event let me know how we can help.  

Wishing all of you a Merry, Happy and Joyous Holiday Season.  

Lolita 🎄 

 

Pumpkin Spiced Latte...Crock Pot Style

The holidays are here!!! Cooler temps in the morning (at least that is what we have in Arizona). Thanksgiving is here and spending time with family & friends at home is upon us. 

So many styles of crock pots available.  

So many styles of crock pots available.  

A time to be thankful. Thankful for your health, thankful for being with loved ones and thankful for all the blessing we have received this year.  

My whole purpose about what I do with my coffee, sweets and gifts is enjoying and entertaining at home. And now...this is the perfect time of year with family and friends getting together for the holidays. 

So what better time to share a great and easy recipe for your guests when they arrive....to walk in to a wonderful smell of spices wafting through the air. What's even better, you can make it ahead since you will slow cook in a crock pot. A Pumkin Spiced Latte. Here's the ingredients and directions on making this great tasting hot cup of spiced love (wink wink smiley face). 

Pumpkin Spiced Latte-Crock Pot Style

Ingredients  

  • 6 cups of whole milk (you can use 2%, soy or almond milk)
  • 6 cups of strongly brewed coffee (Johnny Lolita's Brazil Dark or Lolita's Blend would be awesome) 
  • 1/2 cup of Pumkin purée  
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of sugar ( depending on how sweet you want it)  
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 3 cinnamon sticks  

Directions 

  • Combine coffee and milk in your crockpot.
  • in a separate bowl, whisk/whip together the pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon and pour into crockpot. 
  • Mix all ingredients well.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks. 
  • Cover the crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours. If it seems like it's been boiling for a long time reduce the heat. 
  • Ready to serve and enjoy. 

This recipe will serve 15+ people. For the adults you can offer your favorite liquor to their spiced latte. 

Pumpkin Spiced Latte ready to enjoy.  

Pumpkin Spiced Latte ready to enjoy.  

If you try this recipe, let me know how you served it and if you added additional "spirits". I would not suggest you save leftovers and re-heat. It will not keep and the coffee with the milk and spices will NOT taste good reheated.  

I know this recipe is NOT for the coffee purist. I know you wish to smack my hand to even offer up this recipe. My thought is that you should enjoy your coffee, however you like to. If it's with cream, just sugar, honey etc. enjoy it your way. A wonderful way to serve lots of people.

So set up a small bar off to the side so people can serve themselves. Add regular coffee & decaf via coffee pot or create a small pou over station. Now....you can concentrate on getting your side dishes and turkey ready for the group.

I roast coffee twice a week and deliver and/or ship the following day. I would L❤️VE to roast your next order. AND....make a delicious sweet/treat and deliver locally to your home or office.

Lolita💋 

 

Johnny's Coffee & Molasses Pork Chops

Cold brew & Molasses

Cold brew & Molasses

I came home the other day and Johnny is clanking and banging in the kitchen. I ask him what in the world is he doing. He whips around holding some of his cold brew and a jar of molasses. I ask him..."What are you planning to make?" His response...."Prepare to be amazed!"  

Well, I was beyond amazed and can't wait to enjoy it again. The flavor was amazing! We enjoyed it with a side of roasted cabbage drizzled lightly in olive oil, salt, pepper and a little garlic.  

I asked Johnny if he would mind sharing this and he said he would be happy to share. It's another great way to enjoy coffee.  

Here's the recipe...I would love to hear from you if you try it. 

 

 

Ingredients: 

Chops a-grillin' 

Chops a-grillin' 

  • 1 cup of cold brew or strong coffee
  • 6 ounces molasses by weight, (about 1/2 cup) 
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger  
  • 6-8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 (6oz-8oz) bone-in pork chops (1 inch thick)  

Directions

Combine the coffee, molasses, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt & pepper, ginger, thyme and pork chops in a 1 gallon zip-lock bag; seal and shake to combine. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.  

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Remove the pork from the bag. Pour the marinade into a saucepan; boil gently over medium-high heat, stirring, until reduced to 1/2 cup, 12-15 minutes. Remove the thyme stems.  

Grill the pork chops for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145. Let rest for 5 minutes; serve with glaze. 

Served with roasted cabbage.  

Served with roasted cabbage.  

Please share with us your version and post some pics too. Be sure to post on Facebook or Instagram.  

Johnny & Lolita💋