We were all excited to make authentic Irish coffee for a big holiday shindig we were attending. Had the fancy Irish coffee glass and everything. Unfortunately, we left one of the key ingredients - the Irish whiskey - at home. Thankfully, our host had some Bailey's Irish Cream. Necessity and coffee being the parents of invention, we decided to forge ahead anyway and make a delicious holiday drink in spite of our forgetfulness.
An authentic Irish coffee (which we may attempt another - less forgetful - time) is made up of French Press style coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and heavy cream. Bailey's definitely has the whiskey and heavy cream covered, and it tastes like there's some brown sugar in there as well, so really, we're ahead of the game with this recipe. Time saving!
We really didn't have a recipe for this recipe - just mixed coffee and Bailey's about half-and-half. (If you want some actual recipes, you can check out Bailey's age-verifying website.) You can add as much or as little as you want or "water" the Bailey's down with milk or eggnog if you have any left. To mimic the French Press flavor, make sure you use the inverted method to immersion brew your coffee.
Top o' the morning and Happy New Year!