Spiced Irish Coffee

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I don’t particularly care for pumpkin but I’ve become a huge fan of pumpkin spice (or, more accurately, pumpkin pie spice) ever since I started using it last year. It is such a versatile spice blend that goes with almost everything. Here I whipped a bit of it into the cream that tops this Irish coffee. It turned out delicious, the spice added an unmistakable and wonderfully comforting fall flavor to the coffee and whiskey drink.

Spiced Irish Coffee
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 2
Ingredients:
For the pumpkin spice whipped cream:
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
For the Irish coffee:
  • 1½ cups freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons whiskey
Instructions:
For the pumpkin spice whipped cream:
  1. Whip all ingredients to stiff peaks.
For the Irish coffee:
  1. Divide all ingredients between two glasses.
  2. Pipe the whipped cream onto each drink.
  3. Sprinkle with pumpkin spice.

Food Photography and Styling:  I was going for a warm, cozy fall feeling and chose low-angle light, warm, brown colors and some wrinkled fall leaves for that. (By the way, the leaves I use in my photos are several years old, I just store them in a ziploc bag. (This may not be possible if you live in a humid climate, I’m not sure)).
I piped with my 1M tip, sprinkled pumpkin spice on the cream through a fine-meshed sieve (I like to use a tea ball like this one) and then hurried up to take the shot before the cream had sunk too much.

For info on what type of camera and lighting equipment I used head on over to my FAQ page.

 

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15 comments

  1. Cheryl says:

    It speaks to the sort of day I’ve had that when I got this in my email, I literally exclaimed, “DAMN RIGHT!” Like you could come make me one on command (which would be….. amazing). Anyway, you know I die for your shadows, and they’re put to particularly good use here to balance the über-crispness of the whipped cream! What lens do you use? Have I asked you this before? Ignore if so…. I would *not* be surprised

  2. Maggie says:

    This is a drink I especially love in the afternoon, when I need the coffee to keep me wake up, but at the same time I want some booth too! It’s interesting to add pumpkin spice into this. Will try out next time! Beautiful picture as usual :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      I drank this Irish coffee after I photographed it in the afternoon and it made editing much more enjoyable! The pumpkin spice adds a lot of flavor and feeling to it, I really like it. Glad you like the pic, thanks, Maggie! :)

  3. Steffani says:

    Stellar picture! One of my favorites! Also, I’m SO going to make this drink…as soon as I restock my liquor cabinet!

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