Saturday May 21st is World Whisky Day, so our beloved water of life is sure to be making an appearance on menus at our favourite bars and restaurants this weekend. The Copeland Distillery in Co. Down has also created a recipe that will help those inclined to start the day just right at home too. A classic, but with a twist, this Iced Irish Coffee cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to all our weekend brunch favourites – croissants, pancakes and French toast.
- 50ml Cold Espresso
- 10ml of Sugar Syrup
- 25ml Copeland Merchants’ Quay Irish Whiskey
- 25ml Coffee Liqueur
- Whipped Cream and Coffee Beans to garnish
- Brew your espresso and allow to cool.
- For the sugar syrup, add water and sugar to a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, swirling the pan occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved. Cool the mixture. This can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to four weeks.
- Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with a few cubes of ice and give it a shake.
- Fill a glass with ice and pour in the mixture.
- Top with a bit of cream and garnish with coffee beans.
Gareth Irvine, Founder at The Copeland Distillery, said: “Our Distillery, based in the harbour town of Donaghadee in Co. Down, boasts a great little coffee spot too so we know that Iced Coffee is always in demand in the warmer months. With coffee having recently remerged as a popular cocktail ingredient, we thought why not combine the coffee of the moment with our Merchants’ Quay for a Whisky Day mash-up.
“Merchants’ Quay is a rich amber colour, and a deliciously sweet aroma of toffee apples and dark vanilla and clove spice – it’s robust enough to stand out against the coffee in this cocktail. It’s our first whiskey and only a taste of what is to come, but since we introduced it last year it has certainly helped us to build credibility and establish pedigree in the whiskey market ahead of our introducing single malt and pot-stilled products which are currently being distilled and aged at the Distillery.
“We have ambitious plans when it comes to whiskey, as part of our long-term goal of creating a world-class, varied portfolio of spirits that represent the island’s craftsmanship and history. There is a growing demand for Irish whiskey, both at home and internationally, and we are already seeing huge interest across Europe, Asia and North America.”
Merchant’s Quay is priced at £29.99 (RRP) for 700ml. For more recipe inspiration visit thecopelanddistillery.com