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Vietnamese Irish Coffee Recipe

Posted March 10, 2014 by Stephanie
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My favourite way to drink coffee is a bastardized version of Vietnamese coffee: espresso with just a touch bit of sweetened condensed milk stirred in. I do love traditional Vietnamese coffee too, with it’s rich, deep flavour and loads of sweetened condensed milk, but in the morning, the speed of the nespresso machine wins over the slow drip, drip of metal filter every time.

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The next best way to drink coffee is, of course, with a little something extra stirred in. You could go for Baileys, with it’s mix of whiskey and cream, but since Vietnamese coffee already has condensed milk in it I decided on just a bit of straight whiskey. I call this a recipe, but really, it’s just coffee with a bit of whiskey mixed in.

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This tiny tumbler is perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day. I’m not one for green beer, so a lil Vietnamese Irish coffee is just the trick for a bit of festivity. Luck o’the Irish to you! Oh, one last thing, do leprechauns (even the friendly-ish looking Lucky Charms guy) freak you out?! I would definitely be more into St. Patrick’s day if leprechauns weren’t part of the party.

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Vietnamese Irish Coffee Recipe
serves 2

  • sweetened condensed milk, to taste
  • 2 shots espresso
  • 2 shots Irish whiskey

In two separate espresso cups, layer the sweetened condensed milk and espresso. Add the whiskey, mix and enjoy.

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  1. I am soooo making this…like, now.

    1. steph says:

      The best part…it looks like you’re just drinking coffee :P

  2. Renata says:

    Your recipes are beautiful, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos! Who wouldn’t want to drink that coffee now?

    1. steph says:

      Thanks so much Renata! :)

  3. Sophie says:

    I also pass on leprechauns! AAnd green beer. The one time my friends and I decided to pub crawl on St Patty’s, I thought I looked so good in a pair of acid-wash leggings, but a waitress tipped a green beer all over my light-colored pants. I was green, and damp for the rest of the night. She felt terribly, but we had ordered BEER not green beer! Did you use Jameson orrrr what is your Irish whiskey of choice? I love this little tumbler of coffee goodness!

    1. steph says:

      Oh no! I hope your pants weren’t ruined! I don’t know much about Irish whiskey…I used Jameson! :)

  4. I’m going to be a Vietnamese girl with a last name “Bailey!” You just wrote our weekend Viet-Irish coffee recipe on the weekends (and sometimes after dinner dessert). Way to go! I’ll give you a bottle of Baileys for that!

    1. steph says:

      Mmm yes, with Baileys it would be extra delicious :)

  5. THIS looks amazing! I could really do with one of these right about now.

  6. Shaun says:

    This is amazing. Best of both worlds. I love Vietnamese coffee so much that I am stopping in HCMC on my rtw trips just for a cup. That and pho!


  7. Love this post… the caught my eye as well as the beautiful photography

    1. steph says:

      Thanks so much Tracy!

  8. DLP says:

    GREAT idea! We love our “adult (Bailey in frothy milk) coffee on the weekend and love Vietnamese coffee when we are out. Now we can bring them all together. YUM!

  9. Thank you for this recipe. Holy cow is it good!

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