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National Irish Coffee Day

Joseph Sheridan, creator of the first Irish coffee uses: “Cream as rich as an Irish brogue; coffee as strong as a friendly hand; sugar sweet as the tongue of a rogue; and whiskey smooth as the wit of the land.”

Celebrate this invigorating elixir by stopping by your nearest Spec’s to stock up on ingredients, then warm your cockles with every sip!

Spicy Murphy’s Irish Coffee (12 servings)
1⁄3 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar divided
1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups skim milk
2 cinnamon sticks
½ tsp ground nutmeg
2 1⁄2 quarts hot strongly brewed coffee
3 tbsp fat-free non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
2⁄3 cup Irish whisky
Fat free-frozen whipped topping, thawed for garnish

In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp sugar and ground cinnamon; set aside. Combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar milk, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg in a dutch oven. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in coffee and creamer. Cover and heat 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
Remove from heat; strain and discard cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. Stir in Irish whiskey. Pour into 8-ounce Irish coffee glasses. Garnish each serving with 1 tbsp whipped topping and sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture. Serve immediately.

Sheridan’s Classic Irish Coffee
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 oz Irish Whiskey
Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Fill a mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serve hot.


Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, Spec’s is a true destination shopping experience. We now operate over 150 stores all over the great state of Texas and offer a large selection of wines, spirits and finer foods.

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