Some drinks, the Celtic Mix Cocktail, for instance, combine both Irish whiskey and Scotch for a double wallop. But Irish whiskey and only Irish whiskey is responsible for the flavor (and corresponding warming jolt) to be found in Irish Coffee.
Brown sugar can be substituted for the white sugar for a duskier flavor, and some folks prefer to lightly whip the cream before spooning it on top. But don't whip it until it's stiff. You're supposed to sip the drink through the cream; the cream shouldn't be a barrier between you and the important stuff.
Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell
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