Monday, October 24, 2011

Thin Mint Irish Coffee

IMG_1303eI love being a part of The Secret Recipe Club because it motivates me to cook and try new recipes and also it forces me to get them posted which is my major downfall.  Because of the club I have found some wonderful new cooking blogs and made some great new recipes including Home Style Chicken Curry, Holy Guacamole, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes and Welsh Cakes

IMG_1311e Each month we are assigned another participating blogger and secretly from their blog we make any recipe of our choice, as written or with any changes we need or desire.  We are informed of the time and date to publish and then at that assigned time, all the participating bloggers go live with their posts and we get to see who cooked from our blog and what they decided to make.  The Secret Recipe Club has grown from just a handful of bloggers all in a once a month posting group to where it is now, with four groups of approximately 75 bloggers each.  I am part of group ‘A’ and this month my posting date was on the tenth and I published a wonderful recipe for Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.   

IMG_1296e Sometimes bloggers sign up for the month and assignments are made but things happen and for one reason or another they can’t complete their assignment so as not to have a blogger left out and not have someone cooking from their blog, reinforcements are brought in and that is why I am doing a second Secret Recipe Club posting this month.  About a week ago, Amanda, the brain behind this group contacted me and asked if I could fill in and cook from a blog where the original assignee had to back out.  I of course jumped on the opportunity especially when I saw which blog I would get to cook from, Rhonda’s The Kitchen Witch

IMG_1297e Rhonda seems like a very cool lady who knows who she is, speaks her mind and doesn’t pull any punches.  She’s funny and witty and I love reading her posts.  Her tastes in food span the globe as do her travels and her pictures of it all, well they’re just gorgeous.  Our food tastes are very similar and a few of her recipes are virtually the same as the ones I make.  Rhonda makes grilled pizzas very much like my Blacksmith Pizzas, her Tiramisu and Hummus are almost identical to my recipes as is her Lemon Curd.  We both make Jalapeno Poppers but she has a very unique way of stuffing them which I’ll have to try the next time I make them.  Rhonda also makes one of Eammon’s favorite appetizers which I’ll only make for him once a year as she has the dish nailed when she calls it Heart Attack on a Stick.

IMG_1309e I was first drawn to Rhonda’s blog a few months ago when she posted a recipe for Roasted Butter Chicken which just looks beyond delicious and sounds super easy to make.  Right away when I found out that I was going to be cooking from her blog I knew, just KNEW that I was going to make that chicken for this post…but then I looked at some of the other recipes I had bookmarked from her blog and I was torn.  I adore asparagus and she has two recipes, Grilled Asparagus Wrapped in Boursin and Prosciutto and Grilled Asparagus Gruyere Tart which I know I would love.  I’ve also been eyeing her Chili Rubbed Pork Steak with Cilantro Lime Butter and Grilled Pineapple and if you read my blog at all you know that cilantro, lime and chili are favorite flavors here in the Cook Lisa Cook home.  Sometime around the holidays I’m planning on making Rhonda’s Brown Sugar and Smoked Sea Salt Brussels Sprouts as Eammon loves Brussels Sprouts and I’m always on the search for new and delicious ways to prepare them.  Then, how cute and delicious looking are her Mini Pizzatizers and how perfect they would be for not only a party but to put in Maisie’s lunch or for a snack at gymnastics practice.   

IMG_1320e In the end and after debating over which recipe to make I finally decided on Rhonda’s Thin Mint Irish Coffee.  It had turned cold and rainy here in Georgia and what better than a wonderful hot drink laced with booze to warm ourselves on a cold and wet night.  Plus does Eammon and that Irish face look like he’d ever say no to a good Irish Coffee?  Eammon declared the coffee gorgeous, perfect and brilliant so needless to say it was a hit, such a big hit that we’ve enjoyed a drink or two a few nights already and I’ll be making it again and again.

IMG_1302eMy cup runneth over!

Thin Mint Irish Coffee (Adapted from here)
For one drink

1/2 oz. Kahlua Mocha
1/2 oz. Crème de Menthe
1 oz. Irish Whiskey
1/2 cup strong coffee (I used Fresh Market’s Wake Me Up Before You Cocoa)
3 oz. whipping cream
1 tsp. Crème de Cacao
1 tsp. sugar
1 Thin Mint cookie, chopped for garnish plus a few for snacking
Green decorating sugar sprinkles

Mix Kahlua Mocha, Crème de Menthe, Irish Whiskey and coffee in an 8 oz. mug.  In a cold bowl whip together the whipping cream, Crème de Cacao and sugar until soft peaks form.  Top the coffee with the whipped cream and garnish with the cookie crumbs and sprinkles.



  1. Way to step it up - and for Kitchen Witch I would be excited too! These thin mint Irish coffees look like they would meet all expectations!

  2. I read about the other bloggers being rescued and now I'm one! Thanks for stepping up t the plate and for all your kind words. I love the t-shirt, what a perfect shot with the coffee--very Irish looking! It's funny how we are so similar in our cooking! You must have good taste ;) An extra special thanks for being my SRC buddy!

  3. So glad to be in Group C with you, this looks fantastic! Great SRC post!! xoxo

  4. Nice SRC pick! The drinks look great.

  5. I am so glad that I didn't miss out on this recipe! Wow! I love anything that is "thin mint"!! Great SRC post! Thanks of doin' double duty!

  6. This looks like the perfect apres ski drink.

  7. This looks fabulous! I can totally see making it for a Christmas party!

  8. This looks great and I'm a tea-drinker!

    = )

  9. I had "Kitchen Witch" the last SRC go 'round. I love her site and her recipes. You picked a good one to highlight. Great SRC post.

  10. It is miserably cold here and I'm "having a day", this looks like the perfect remedy.

  11. Thanks for filling in and helping us with group C! I'd love to have some of the Thin Mint Irish Coffee right now! yum!

  12. OMG, this irish coffee sounds SO SO good - decadent and super delicious! I definitely want to try it now that the weather has gotten chilly.

    Also - just wanted to let you know that I'm doing a giveaway on my blog if you are interested! :)

  13. What a great write-up! That drink looks like heaven in a cup. I can see why you settled on that one (:

  14. OMG!!! That looks awesome. Can't wait to try it out. :) Thanks for stopping by to check out my post.

  15. Oh, we love thin mints in this house! How yummy does this look?? Beautifully garnished, too!

  16. This coffee looks gorgeous, and I'll bet it's delicious!

  17. How are we in the same city and I am just now finding you? Apparently, I have been under a rock on Kennesaw Mt.

    This looks ridiculously delicious. A drink to warm us in the winter!

    Thanks for pinch-hitting! You did a great job!

  18. I love mint and i love coffee so what is not to love about this drink! it looks and sounds fantastic Your site is awesome- so glad you visited me yesterday! following you now

  19. Mmm, so pretty. Might be a bit boozy for me, but that would not stop me from trying it!

  20. This sounds so amazing! It's my kind of winter drink.

  21. Looks like a wonderful winter drink! I love mint and chocolate, don't think I've had mint and coffee.

  22. Wowza! Holy cow I could drink several cups of that this mornin. Your photos are calling me! What a unique recipe!

  23. Goodness this looks yummy! I follow Rhonda's blog, so I know she has some delicious recipes. I don't know how in the world I missed this one though. Definitely bookmarking it to try in the near future.

  24. What a great recipe and a fun blog idea, I can't wait to check it all out.

    Thanks for linking up to Momtrends Friday Food!

  25. Lisa,
    Your Thin Mint Irish Coffee looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  26. oh heaven! i want this right now! thanks for linking to foodie friday.
    Not Your Ordinary Recipes

  27. Wow! I need a cup of that. It looks so creamy and minty. Thanks for sharing it on Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits. I really appreciate your participation.

  28. I'm not a huge coffee drinker, but I love mint anything. I'd probably drink that because it looks so good. Thanks for passing along Rhonda's recipe!

  29. Oh wow, this sounds like a real treat, and it would be great for entertaining. Thank you for sharing Thin Mint Irish Coffee with Let's Do Brunch.


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