Christmas is upon us and in my family that means celebrating with mouthwatering food. My family enjoys the Italian tradition of the Feast of Seven Fishes on the night before Christmas. While this tradition is rooted in fasting until Christmas by not eating meat, it has certainly evolved into being anything but a fast.
Many mark their holiday experiences with culinary traditions–seven fishes, eggnog, latkes, cookies. For this article, I thought I would share another of my favorite Christmas (and Thanksgiving) food-based traditions–an Irish one. Below is my mother’s recipe for Irish Cream. It is affordable, easy to make, and delicious. It’s also a great homemade hostess gift for one of your holiday celebrations. Store it in a decorative glass bottle and it is a gift that combines a holiday theme with a personal touch.
– 1¾ cups whiskey
– 14 ounces condensed milk
– 1 cup heavy cream
– 4 eggs
– 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
– 2 tablespoons instant coffee
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– ½ teaspoon almond extract
So, you pretty much just combine all of these ingredients in a blender and blend. However, I do have some suggestions. First, the recipe calls for 1¾ cups of whiskey. That is how much I use, though I believe my mother uses less these days–you can alter the amount depending on how much you like the “water of life.” Either way, while I am sure Jameson is the perfect whiskey for the concoction, I use Philadelphia whiskey. It is extremely inexpensive and the recipe does not need a real quality whiskey to be made successfully.
Also, some might not love the idea of raw eggs in the Irish Cream. I recommend, as an alternative, Egg Beaters. It’s roughly the same thing, but more palatable.
Finally, instant coffee means instant coffee. This might seems like an obvious point, but I have heard of someone who thought it meant coffee coffee and their Irish Cream was filled with floating coffee grounds. (And by someone I mean me).
Boom! It’s really as simple as that, but you can trust me when I say that your guests or fellow party-goers will be very impressed. Enjoy! Responsibly, of course.
Francis Tucker is a practicing attorney in New York City. He enjoys traveling, experimenting in the kitchen, and a good Scotch