On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish — or at least they pretend to be Irish. And then there are the people who actually are Irish and incorporate traditions from Ireland into St. Paddy’s Day that don’t involve leprechauns and green beer. Loving star Ruth Negga demonstrated how to make Irish coffee, but it doesn’t seem like her Irish heritage helped her out on this one.
Vanity Fair asked the Oscar winner to show off her Irish roots by making an Irish coffee on camera. Even though she had never actually made the whiskey-spiked coffee before, she gave it her best shot.
Because as it turns out, not all Irish people know all Irish things (and PS, the drink was actually invented in San Francisco!)
But that doesn’t matter, because there’s no better time to learn the (not really) traditions of your people than on St. Paddy’s Day!
While wearing a glamorous pink dress and sitting in a makeshift Vanity Fair set, Negga showed off her skills.
“Hi. I’m Ruth Negga, and I shall be teaching you how to make an Irish coffee, which I have never done before,” she said. “And never in a pink dress. So we’ll see how it goes.”
And how did it go? Let’s find out.
“So you take your coffee, yummy. And you pour it in.” After pouring the coffee, Negga added the most important ingredient — the whiskey. She refused to use the provided shot glass and just eye-balled it instead. Which, TBH, is probably what you’re supposed to do on St. Paddy’s Day.
Negga then added sugar and cream and recognized that the finished beverage probably shouldn’t like the way hers looked. But she tasted it anyway, and was pretty happy with the results.
Because whiskey. Lots and lots of whiskey. Like half a cup of whiskey.
Seriously, do not try this version of the recipe at home, because we’re pretty sure that much alcohol in a single drink constitutes a crime.
However, definitely check out the video:
We didn’t realize we could love Negga any more than we already do, but it happened. She’s the cutest.