If you thought Irish coffee was strictly for the winter months, you are happily quite mistaken. 

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New Orleans is a city famous for its cocktails – from the Sazerac to the Hurricane; from the Absinthe Frappe to the French 75. These are all ideal for sitting and sipping, but if you’re looking for a cocktail you can take with you on a stroll on a hot summer’s day (and that is precisely one of the unique joys New Orleans offers) your best bet is a frozen cocktail, and the absolute best of the frozen cocktails is a frozen Irish coffee.

I had the great fortune to try one during a trip to New Orleans, at the Erin Rose, a small and beloved Irish dive. The bar, located just off Bourbon Street, feels like a little secret, worlds away from the commotion around the corner. Their motto? “Local prices, local chaos, local love.”

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The bar’s greatest claim to fame is the frozen Irish coffee, and one sip was enough to understand why. A hefty pour of whiskey goes into a plastic cup (all the better for taking it to go), topped off by a frozen coffee concoction from a slushy machine, swirled around, and finished with a light dusting of chocolate and a straw. It’s cool and creamy; not too sweet and with a little caffeine kick.

Erin Rose, 811 Conti Street

Erin Rose, 811 Conti Street

The Erin Rose recipe is a secret, but some desperate Google searching revealed how to make a close approximation. It’s the perfect summer drink.

Frozen Irish Coffee

Ingredients

1oz Irish whiskey

1oz espresso or strong, fresh brewed coffee

1/2oz simple syrup

2oz milk

1 generous scoop of vanilla ice cream

5 large ice cubes

Method

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender until totally combined. For authenticity’s sake, serve in a plastic cup, with a swirl of chocolate cookie crumbles, powdered cocoa, or grated chocolate.

H/T Erin Rose, Australian Bartender

* Originally published in 2018.

Erin Rose's famous frozen Irish coffee. If you thought Irish coffee was strictly for the winter months, you are happily quite mistaken.Yelp / Erin Rose