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How to Make Irish Coffee (and Soda Bread to Soak it Up) for St. Paddy's

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Unless you've been living under a rock Blarney Stone, you're well-aware that St. Paddy's day is this Sunday. There are always plenty of festivities to partake in around town, of course, but if you want to steer clear of amateur hour, can can whip up these Irish classics in the privacy of your own home.

The recipes come from one of L.A.'s finest Irish establishments, Tom Bergin's.

First comes a recipe for Irish coffee via aces barman Marcos Tello, and then a method for making simple soda bread to soak up all the booze. Cheers!

Tom Bergin's Irish Coffee
Courtesy of Marcos Tello

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1-1/4 oz  Bushmill's Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz   2:1 Demerara Syrup
4 oz medium/ dark roast coffee

Fill a Georgian glass with piping hot water, set aside for at least 1 minute. In the meantime, measure Bushmill's Irish Whiskey and 2:1 Demerara Syrup.

Dump the hot water from the Georgian, add the Whiskey and syup Syrup, plus the dark roast coffee.Top with lightly whipped Strauss Organic cream. Enjoy!

Brown Soda Bread
Courtesy of Pastry Chef Ann Kirk


2 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup plus 2 tbsp pastry flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp kosher salt
1 cup plus 2 tbsp buttermilk
¼ cup molasses

Preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, pastry flour, rolled oats, baking soda, baking powder and kosher salt. Mix well and make a well in the center.

Mix 1 cup buttermilk with ¼ cup molasses, and set aside the 2 tablespoons buttermilk. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the center of the well and stir dry ingredients in quickly to combine. If you have remaining dry ingredients in the bowl or the dough seems dry, add the remaining 2 tbsp buttermilk and mix just until incorporated and your dough forms a mound.

Transfer mound to a parchment lined sheet pan and make two deep cuts in the top to form a deep cross.

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Bake on the center oven rack at 375 for 50 minutes, rotating at 25 minutes. When done, loaf will have a nicely browned crust and will have cooked away any visible moisture.

If you're in L.A. for this St. Patrick's Day weekend, Tom Bergins will be hosting a St. Paddy's-palooza from 6 a.m. on Sunday morning til 2 a.m. on Monday, complete with an all-day Irish breakfast that includes corned beef and cabbage, cottage pie, pretzels, fish and chips, and charred oysters. There'll also be a four different stouts on tap, and commemorative Bushmill's cups for memory's sake -- if you have any of that left after the festivities.

But again, if you're like us and prefer not to deal with all the shenanigans, it's best to DIY.

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