Drink of the Week: Irish Coffee

Give or take a few destructive and heat-increasing Santa Ana winds, relatively chilly weather is settling in, even here in Southern California. So, I suppose it’s finally time to take on what I consider to be the king of hot cocktails. Still, what a blow to my ego to discover that, not only have I had some difficulty pulling off this most delicious of drinks, but that I’ve mostly been drinking it wrong, too! I’ve finally learned that Irish coffee tastes even better if you don’t stir in that pretty layer of unsweetened cream floating on the top. And for all these years I thought floating the cream was just a presentation thing.

Irish CoffeeA true cocktail classic, Irish coffee might be hard for amateurs like me to pull off, but it’s also not so easy to provide a concise history. The most widely accepted version is that it was developed by chef Joseph Sheridan of Ireland’s Shannon Airport, who came up with the idea of adding whiskey to coffee to warm the cockles and other parts of travelers on bitter cold winter nights. Then, the story goes that Pulitzer Prize-winning travel journalist Stanton Delaplane brought the concept back home with him from an early 1950s trip to Ireland and reverse engineered the beverage with the help of the proprietors of San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe. Just to muddy the waters, though, L.A.’s temporarily closed Fairfax Blvd. landmark, Tom Bergin’s Tavern, also claims to be the American popularizer of the beverage.

No doubt people in San Francisco will hiss when they read the above, because that’s what they do in S.F. whenever you mention Los Angeles in any context. I can hardly blame San Franciscans, though, for wanting to claim credit. Irish coffee is an amazing beverage which I’ve greatly enjoyed in both Southern and Northern California, not to mention New Orleans and maybe I’ll have it in Ireland some day. There’s nothing like the combo of caffeine and alcohol and this tastes immensely better than vodka and Red Bull. So, enough vamping, here’s the wondrous but tricky (for me) to pull off recipe.

Irish Coffee

5-6 ounces very hot coffee
2 teaspoons sugar (preferably brown)
1.5 ounces Irish whiskey
Unsweetened, lightly whipped cream

Using a whisk or whatever device you have handy, lightly whip heavy cream until it is very frothy, which I admit is easier said than done. Set aside.

Get a glass coffee mug, but since you probably don’t have one, use a reasonably large wine glass, which also works beautifully. It’s best to heat the glass by putting in very hot water or holding it over steaming water if you’re afraid of breaking it. That may not be 100 percent essential if you do as I do and drip the coffee directly into the glass using a Melitta-style filter. Stir your sugar into the coffee thoroughly.

Then spoon — do not pour — the cream onto the top of the coffee. (You can also try pouring the whipped cream over the back of a spoon, but that didn’t work for me at all.) Sip the coffee through the layer of cream on top. And for James Joyce’s sake, don’t stir it!

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I’ve probably attempted this six times at home and I’ve managed to get this drink right precisely once. Getting that heavy cream whipped enough so that it sits atop the coffee and doesn’t simply combine with it has been tricky for me, to say the least. More than once I considered the coward’s way out — sugar-laden canned whipped cream. It would definitely be easier.

Some imply that if you simply pour heavy cream unwhipped over the back of a spoon it will somehow work. I’m here to tell you every time I tried the back of a spoon thing it failed to create the desired effect, whether or not I’d pre-whipped the cream. I’m not saying the results tasted bad, but they’re not nearly as heavenly as sipping the coffee through the cream. If you can manage to get it exactly the way I did that one time, it’s just the best warming pick-me-up/make-me-happy there is. If you’re really feeling lazy, though, a shot of Bushmills neat with a coffee chaser (or any chaser) isn’t so bad, either.

  

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Sexy Vampirenes at Bran Castle

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Bullz-Eye.com had the unique opportunity last month to travel to Romania for the PlayerXT Search for the Most Sexy Vampirene promoted with Steaua Rangers EG. We had a great time partying in Bucharest, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph the vampirenes at Bran Castle in Transylvania. This was the first glamour photo shoot ever done in the castle, and we had a great group of sexy vampirenes for the occasion.

Check out the slideshow above that includes two photos of each of the thirteen models selected in the model search. The castle provided some unique backdrops and we got some beautiful photos.

The sexy vampirenes started their US tour this past weekend in Atlantic City at Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal. They will be in Las Vegas for Halloween at The Bank Nightclub this Friday night.

Tonight the vampirenes will be partying at The Kress nightclub in LA, featuring cast from Twilight. You can purchase tickets here and join in the fun!

  

Vampirenes Rock Atlantic City at the Taj Mahal

The sexy vampirenes we met on our trip to Romania and Transylvania with PlayerXT`
are now touring the United States, leading up to Halloween weekend in Las Vegas at The Bank Nightclub this Friday night.

The tour started this weekend in Atlantic City at Donald Trump’ s Taj Mahal, and the girls partied Saturday night at the Casbah Nightclub to kick off the tour. Check out the slideshow of photos taken by PlayerXT’ s Curt Holstein at the event.

The US tour is part of the PlayerXT Search for the Most Sexy Vampirene promoted
with Steaua Rangers EG, which began in Bucharest. We were able to photograph the vampirenes at Bran Castle in Transylvania, and we’ ll be posting photos from those shoots soon.

The girls are in New York City today where they are being hosted by renowned Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygård, and will be traveling to Las Angeles this week on N-Force, Mr. Nygård’ s private jet. On Tuesday night the vampirenes will be partying at The Kress nightclub in LA, featuring cast from Twilight before moving on the Las Vegas. (You can purchase tickets here!) The Queen of the Vampires will be crowned on Halloween eve in Las Vegas at the Mirage Resort Casino, and The Bank Nightclub at the Bellagio.

Check back as we follow the sexy vampirenes through their US tour!

  

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