Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Irish Cream

Well throw me a pair of curly toed shoe's and call me an elf~ it's actually been cold here in good 'ol Phoenix, AZ! For us desert dwellers, we start doing a little jig when the cool weather hits, only because we know that all too soon, our AC will be back on and our utility bills will rise. Here, cold weather is a welcome reprieve.

We actually enjoy sitting outside on a cold winters night with a fire pit blazing, a blanket to snuggle in, and a wee bit of the Irish to keep us warm.

Years ago, my sister gave me a recipe for Irish Cream, and it was amazing. But the one thing I wasn't too crazy about was that it contained raw egg. Arizona + raw egg = potential problem. So deep in the throes of an Irish cream crave when our temps dipped to a frigid 45 F the other night, I found this recipe for an egg- less, deliciously rich Irish Cream. With ingredients I already had on hand, my little elf toes are not only curly, but nice and snugly warm tonight.

Irish Cream
adapted from Kathy Fredricksen, as submitted to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

1 c half and half
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 c Irish whiskey (I used what I had- Jim Beam)
2 tsp instant coffee
3 Tbs chocolate syrup
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used my homemade Bourbon Vanilla)
1 tsp almond extract

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until well blended. Pour into a covered glass bottle and store in refrigerator. Shake before serving. Serve over crushed ice or in a steaming cup of coffee. Recipe makes exactly 4 cups and keeps approximately 2 months refrigerated.

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♥peachkins♥ said...

I love the shot of it with those Christmas balls..

♥♥♥Ria♥♥♥ said...

I am making this asap! Beautiful shots!

Anonymous said...

I'll have to try this recipe. Cause the one I made years ago contained raw eggs. Beautiful photo :) How cold is it in Arizona? This morning in Montreal it's 37 F.

sunita said...

What a festive photo; must be my forst time here, but am loving it :-)

The Food Hunter said...

Save me a spot by the fire pit..I'll be right over.

Barbara Bakes said...

This looks so yummy I may have to take up drinking!

Stacey Snacks said...

It's snowing today in NJ....this looks like the perfect drink for this weekend!

Patsyk said...

I could use one of those this weekend! It's supposed to get down to the 30s!

Megan said...

I'll get out my elf shoes for one of these drinks. Ok, I want 3-4.

Scintilla said...

I am typing with gloves on. I deserve that drink. xxx