This St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Iced Coffee is a real treat to celebrate this holiday with. Cold Coffee, pistachio ice cream, Irish Cream Liqueur, cream, and whipped cream make this drink irresistible. Now you can enjoy an iced coffee at home, just like we love our Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato too!
Bailey’s is a liqueur that I personally usually associate with Christmas as that is when I enjoy it but it is a liqueur that really is loved year-round. It pairs perfectly with coffee but this libation goes one step further and adds in pistachio ice cream. One of my ultimate favorites!!
Does Putting Ice in Coffee Make it Iced Coffee?
Iced coffees are delicious and a real treat, plus are super easy to make. It takes a bit more than just plopping ice into a coffee to call it an iced coffee. Let’s explore iced coffee making.
Grabbing an iced coffee at Starbucks or any of the many specialty coffee shops in your area is easy. In saying this though, they are really expensive and don’t have the best ingredients in them.
At least making one at home you know that you are putting in pure natural ingredients for the most part and can really control how sweet you want to make it also.
For me, I can’t have caffeine as I have a big sensitivity to it. Don’t feel bad I do just fine without. Most iced coffees start with a premade concoctions and are caffeinated. So right away that cancels me out. The solution for me is to make one at home with decaf coffee. Problem solved!
Here is a list now of helpful items that will make your coffee making and drinking even more enjoyable. I love having long spoons for drinks like this plus they come in handy for a variety of things like getting down into the bottom of a can, jar, etc.
Helpful Items for This Recipe
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What Goes Into St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Iced Coffee
Pistachio Ice Cream
Sweet Cream Creamer
Irish Cream Liqueur (like Bailey’s)
Sugar, to taste for sweeter version (optional)
Whipped Cream, for garnish
Green Sprinkles, for garnish (optional)
Explanation of Ingredients
Ingredients for this iced coffee recipe are simple except maybe the pistachio ice cream but with the advent of many specialty ice cream shops and specialty stores, it shouldn’t be hard to find. Possibly you will find it even at your local grocery store. It is one of my absolute favorite flavors. If you have never tried it, it is very much worth the look.
A sweet cream creamer comes in many varieties but I would just stick with something plain as you don’t want to complicate or contradict the flavors that are already going into the coffee. You could also use just plain cream and a bit of sugar if you don’t want to purchase sweetened creamer.
As for the Irish Cream Liqueur I think this is a must to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with and I love Bailey’s but if there is another brand you like or have on hand please feel free to use that.
Next is the coffee, for an iced coffee, you don’t want anything too bold or crazy. I don’t like a bitter strong coffee for a recipe like this. So think of the type of coffee you are choosing. A nice low-acid, medium roast is perfect for an iced coffee. The best coffee for this again is to stay with a plain coffee and not one that is flavored.
This post has some great information on what kind of coffee to use in an iced coffee.
The rest of the ingredients are pretty self explanatory, sugar, whipped cream and green sprinkles are all easy to find. They are all optional but hey come on this is a celebration!!
How Do You Make Iced Coffee?
An iced coffee takes a matter of minutes to create. Just make sure you have some foresight and brew your coffee ahead of time. Let the hot coffee cool and refrigerate. Or try making cold brew coffee which I will explain below.
Also, we have some pro tips for you to make the best St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Iced Coffee around!
Place ice cream scoops in cup.
Drizzle in creamer and liqueur.
Fill cup with cold coffee.
Add sugar if desired.
Top with whipped cream and green sprinkles.
To keep ice cream scoops from melting right away, make them beforehand and place them in the freezer several hours before serving.
Some pistachio ice cream is green in color and some is white, either one will work for this recipe.
Can add more or less alcohol as desired. This can also be made as a non-alcoholic drink, you’ll probably want to add a little more creamer in this case though.
What is Cold Brew Coffee?
Many people swear by cold brew coffee for iced coffees for a few reasons. You can easily adjust the strength of the coffee, and the coffee doesn’t taste watery or bitter. You also don’t need fancy machines to cold brew, just a filter.
Here is how to make cold brew coffee. You want to start with coffee beans that are coarsely ground. You can grind them at home or ask when you buy your beans to have them coarsely ground.
Now, combine cold water with the ground coffee and let it steep for 12 hours or overnight at room temperature or refrigerated. As it steeps the coffee infuses into the water creating a strong brew. The next morning you just strain with a coffee filter and you are ready for an iced coffee. Yay, who knew!!?
A cold brew as mentioned can be stronger if you like and will stand up to all the flavors you are adding into this coffee. But you can make it how you like. Starting with 3 oz. of coffee to 3 cups of water will give you a great coffee concentrate to work with. After it is brewed you can then dilute this further to make about 5 cups of coffee. Try it and see where you like it for your coffee drinks.
What is a Good Iced Coffee?
Well, a good iced coffee really is one that you personally enjoy!! Another tip I have to not water down a traditional iced coffee, one where you use ice cubes is to make your own ice cubes.
This is easily done in ice cube trays (they are also so handy for many things like freezing herbs). Coffee ice cubes ensure that your coffee doesn’t get watered down.
Coffee making has become an art and people really enjoy making a good cup of Joe!! Have fun with this and enjoy your coffee and St. Patrick’s Day!!
Other St. Patrick’s Day Recipes To Love!
Here are a few of my favorite recipes for St. Patrick’s Day:
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- 2 scoops of Pistachio Ice Cream (add an additional scoop if desired)
- Splash Sweet Cream Creamer
- 2 ounces (1 1/3 shot) Irish Cream Liqueur (like Bailey’s)
- 8 ounces Cold Coffee
- Sugar, to taste for sweeter version (optional)
- Whipped Cream, for garnish
- Green Sprinkles, for garnish (optional)
1. Place ice cream scoops in a cup.
2. Drizzle in creamer and liqueur.
3. Fill the cup with cold coffee.
4. Add sugar if desired.
5. Top with whipped cream and green sprinkles.
1. To keep ice cream scoops from melting right away, make them beforehand and place them in the freezer several hours before serving.
2. Some pistachio ice cream is green in color and some is white, either one will work for this recipe.
3. Can add more or less alcohol as desired. This can also be made as a non-alcoholic drink, you’ll probably want to add a little more creamer in this case though.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 709Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 42gProtein: 8g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.