Above: Five Farms’ Irish Cream Liqueur puts an emphasis on the cream, with a cow pictured on a bottle resembling milk bottles of old.
By Wini Moranville
As I mentioned in a recent dsmWeekly story, once I discovered boutique Irish gin, I banged on the door atIngersoll Wine and Spirits to try to get them to carry my fave, Dingle Gin.
While the fine folks there were unable to obtain that particular brand, they now stock Gunpowder Irish Gin—a stellar artisanal alternative. It’s naturally flavored by botanicals from around the world, including angelica root, coriander seed, star anise, Kaffir lime, and gunpowder tea—and the result is fascinating.
Recently, an entirely different style of Irish spirit made its way to our shelves: Five Farms Small Batch Irish Cream Liqueur. Available only in five states at this point, the product combines triple-distilled Irish whiskey with cream sourced from five family-owned dairy farms in County Cork. When I heard that local chef/restaurateur George Formaro had given it a thumbs-up on his KFMG radio show, “Kitchen Insider,” I asked him to elaborate.
“I like that you can actually taste the Irish whiskey flavor, and not just a booze flavor,” he said. “Add a quality cream and you have a hell of drink!” I agreed. And, with a beautiful bottle, you have one hell of a gift, too.
Find Five Farms Small Batch Irish Cream Liqueur at Ingersoll Wine and Spirits, Central City Liquor, the Urbandale Fareway, the Price Chopper stores on Ingersoll and in Johnston, and in numerous Hy-Vee stores.
Wini Moranville writes about food, wine and dining for dsm magazine and dsmWeekly. Follow her on Facebook at All Things Food–DSM.