St. Patrick's Day Morning Latte

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other single-day holiday, despite the Irish association. It seems that the theme of wearing green, drinking excessively, and spending time with your friends is universally popular! But what makes St. Patrick’s so special to Americans? Let’s take a closer look at the history of this celebration.

History of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day began on March 17, 1631 to commemorate Ireland’s favorite saint, Saint Patrick. The traditions of St. Patrick’s Day made their way to America with the influx of Irish immigrants in the early 1800s. However, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world was held in Florida in 1737. Since then, the holiday has evolved into a fun, alcohol filled celebration for people of all nationalities.

American’s Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Most Americans choose to celebrate by wearing green, eating Irish food (such as cabbage or corned beef), pinching people who do not wear green, getting drunk, drinking green beer (or coffee!), or attending a parade. There are many ways to celebrate on March 17th, but spicing up your coffee drink is a great way to start! You can always add a couple drops of green food coloring to your morning coffee…or you could try some of these tasty coffee treats to celebrate.

Hot Coffee Recipes

Traditional Irish Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 4 oz. fresh brewed Split Rock Coffee
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 oz. heavy cream
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (for garnish)

Directions:

  • Fill your mug with hot water to warm it up. Whip the cold cream until thick, but not stiff, and set aside. Pour the warm water out of your mug and fill 3/4 full with Split Rock Coffee. Add the brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Add a couple drops of coffee into the whipped cream and stir to combine. Add the whiskey to the coffee and stir. Gently spoon on your whipped cream, filling it all the way to the top of your mug. Sprinkle your desired amount of cocoa powder over the drink and enjoy! You can also cut out a shamrock shape to use as a stencil to make your drink even more festive!

Irish Coffee Royale

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. brandy
  • 2 oz. Irish cream
  • 4 oz. fresh brewed Split Rock Coffee
  • Sugar (to taste)

Directions:

  • Heat brandy and Irish cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the coffee and a pinch of sugar and stir to combine. Pour into a warm mug and enjoy!

Green Mocha

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. chocolate syrup or chocolate mint syrup
  • 1 oz. Irish cream
  • 4 oz. fresh brewed Split Rock Coffee (or two shots of espresso)
  • Steamed milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Green food coloring

Directions:

  • In a large mug, combine syrup, Irish cream, and coffee. Add a drop or two of green food coloring, depending on preference. Fill the cup almost to the top with steamed milk and top with whipped cream (preferably tinted green).

Cold Coffee Recipes

The Chilly Irishman

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ice
  • 4 oz. Split Rock Coffee cold brew
  • 2 oz. Kahlua
  • 1.5 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Shaved chocolate (for garnish)

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients (except chocolate garnish) to blender and blend until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with shaved chocolate.

Turtle Coffee Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Split Rock Coffee cold brew
  • 2 oz. Irish cream
  • 4 oz. milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate and caramel syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Chopped pecans

Directions:

  • Pour cold coffee, Irish cream, and milk into a blender and add ice cream. Add chocolate and caramel syrup to taste and blend until smooth. Drizzle both syrups on the inside of your glass, then pour the drink in. Top with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate and caramel, and chopped pecans.

Pistachio Iced Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops pistachio ice cream
  • Splash of cream
  • 2 oz. Irish cream
  • 8 oz. Split Rock Coffee cold brew
  • Sugar, to taste (optional)
  • Whipped cream
  • Green sprinkles for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  • Blend first five ingredients together in blender. Pour into glass and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
  • Tip: Add ice to make it thicker or green food coloring to add more color.

Non-alcoholic Irish Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup fresh brewed Split Rock Coffee
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder (for garnish)

Directions:

  • Pour your fresh brewed coffee into a mug. Add the sugar and rum extract and stir until combined. Let the cup stand still until the mixture has completely stopped swirling. Beat the cream in a medium bowl until thick and airy. Spoon the whipped cream on top of the coffee mixture and dust with cocoa powder.

No matter what traditions make up your St. Patrick’s Day, there’s always room for more coffee. Try one of these festive drinks and let us know how it turns out in the comment section!

Wishing you a pot o’ gold and all the joy your heart can hold this St. Patrick’s Day!

15March
2021

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