Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Irish Whiskey Steak for St. Patrick’s Day with a Fun #Giveaway from Cleo Coyle

On March 17th, everyone is a little bit Irish. Here in New York, the wearing of the green starts early as we line Fifth Avenue to watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade—the world’s oldest and largest with more than two million spectators...

Members of New York’s Bravest (firefighters) and its Finest (police department) march in tribute to the many Irish immigrants who've worked in our city fighting fires and crime for generations...

Which is why today’s recipe is adapted from one my husband and I published in the recipe section of our 9th Coffeehouse Mystery Roast Mortem, a story set around the time of St. Patrick’s Day—and for good reason. The mystery pays tribute to New York's firefighters, the same ones who now march in that annual parade carrying 343 flags, in memory of the 343 souls their department lost in the service of saving others in New York on September 11, 2001.

In honor of that brave Irish spirit, we give you a recipe with spirit. A wonderful dish for St. Patrick’s Day…or any day!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


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enter our fun St. Patrick's Day

Cleo Coyle has a partner in 
crime-writing—her husband. 
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by clicking here and here.

Irish Whiskey Steak

Inspired by the ingredients of Irish coffee, my husband and I married whiskey and java in this recipe for an outrageously delicious marinade. 

The coffee accents the earthiness of the beef, which stands in contrast to the spirited brightness of the whiskey. The combination creates the kind of complexity that gives beautiful flavor, a finish so good you won’t need steak sauce, just a thick slice of bread to sop up every bit of those sizzling steak juices on your plate...

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of this recipe that you can print,
save, or share, click here.

Cleo Coyle's
Irish Whiskey Steak

Makes 2 servings


1/3 cup Irish whiskey (we like Jameson)

1/4 cup freshly brewed (and cooled) coffee or espresso

4 tablespoons sesame oil

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 T-bone, rib-eye, or shell steaks (2–3 pounds total)


(1) Whisk together the whiskey, coffee, oil, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper and pour into a shallow dish or pan that is large enough to hold 2 steaks flat (single layer, no overlap­ping).

(2) Cover the dish, pan, or container with plastic wrap, and marinate the meat for 1 hour in the refrigerator, then flip and marinate for a second hour. During the last 20 minutes, remove the steak from the refrigerator and allow the meat to reach room temperature.

(3) Sauté the steaks over medium-high heat in a heavy or cast-iron skillet or on a stovetop grill pan (that's what you see in my photos). Cook 5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or 7–8 minutes per side for medium-well. You can also broil or grill them on an outdoor gas or charcoal grill. 

NOTE: If your steak is on the thick side, see "Cleo's Quick Kitchen Hack" below for a restaurant technique on finishing it...


The Steak Roll...

When your steak is on the thick side, be sure to "roll" it on its sides (as shown above) at the end of the cooking process to get a nice browning on those fatty white edges.


(4) Be sure you allow the steak to rest at least ten minutes before slicing so the juices are able to re-collect. If sliced too soon, those important juices may run out and your steak will taste dry instead of moist and juicy—the best way to eat with joy!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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Our newest mystery is 
now a bestselling hardcover!

Coffee. It can get a girl killed.


A "Most Wanted" Mystery Guild Selection
A Baker & Taylor Fall "Trends" Pick
Three "Best of Year" Lists

Dead to the Last Drop 
is also a culinary mystery with 
more than 25 delicious recipes!

See the free illustrated 
Recipe Guide by clicking here.

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The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling works of
amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark 
Greenwich Village
coffeehouse, and each of the 
15 titles includes
the added bonus of recipes. 

(with mini plot summaries)

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The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

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Prize #1 - Irish Blessing Mug

While we can't give you a bottle of Irish whiskey, we can give you this beautiful bone china "Irish Blessing" coffee mug designed in Galway with Celtic symbols and the words of the old Irish blessing...

"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand..."

Roast Mortem:
A Coffeehouse Mystery
with firehouse recipes!
Click to learn more.

Prizes #2 and #3

We’re also giving away a set of our autographed glossy recipe cards as well as an autographed copy of Roast Mortem, our 9th Coffeehouse Mystery, which pays tribute to New York’s firefighters, generations of whom have been proud descendants of Irish immigrants.

The story follows our amateur sleuth Clare, a middle-aged single mother and coffeehouse manager, who barely gets out of a burning cafe alive. The fire turns out to be arson, set by someone who appears to be targeting the city's cafes.

Looking for clues to the culprit, Clare ends up befriending members of a local firehouse. And when some of these men begin to die in suspicious ways, Clare can see there’s more to this case than simple arson and fears more than New York’s Bravest will end up burned...

Click to see some
of the book's recipes.

In the course of this mystery, Clare not only exchanges clues with the firefighters, she swaps some great recipes. 

The result is a culinary mystery with delicious spins on firehouse favorites. May you read (and eat) with joy! 

~ Cleo

 "No one combines a cozy atmosphere
with a realistic crime novel any better
than Cleo Coyle. . . . a winner."

~ Lesa Holstine,
award-winning contributing
reviewer to Library Journal and
Mystery Readers Journal


  1. My husband and I love to grill. Looking forward to trying the Irish Whiskey Steak recipe, this weekend. I've read all your Coffeehouse mysteries and can't wait for the next book. dbahn@iw.net

  2. I have to say the Irish Whiskey Steak looks amazing! Thank you for the recipe and giveaway.

  3. Looking forward to making this Irish Whiskey Steak. Grilling Season is coming right up.
    Mary M from Pittsburgh, PA

  4. Thank you for your generosity and the recipes. I love your books and the mug is awesome! areewekidding@yahoo.com

  5. I love coffeehouse mysteries and my coffee. I love my irish heritage. This is a great mix. Pnutchelle@gmail.com.

  6. Such a wonderful recipe, books, and giveaway prizes! Thank you for sharing this! EMS591@aol.com

  7. It's not even 7 am here yet and I want a steak dinner! Thanks, Cleo and Marc - love you.

  8. <3 the Coffeehouse Mysteries! Just finished "Dead to last Drop"! What a fantastic story! We are friends on facebook. bubs(dot)girl(at)yahoo(dot)com I am simply in love with that cup. I can see myself drinking a cup of coffee while marinating my steak! ;) Ciao~

  9. I've got to try this Irish Steak for my husband. The mug is beautiful. I have Irish ancestry. We were supposed to go to Ireland next year for our 25th anniversary. However, our youngest son (who is an 18 year old army medic serving in Korea - can't tell I'm proud of my boy, can you?) will be getting married next year. He's not asked for any help with expenses - being the independent young man he is, but we plan to help with expenses and their honeymoon. Don't want them in the same boat we are - thanks to the Army we have yet to have a honeymoon. So we will be going the following year. And I have no idea why I'm rambling on this morning. Can't wait for your next book. Happy St. Patrick's Day (oh, and my son is named Patrick - told you I have Irish roots.) We are friends on FB so if I'm the lucky winner you can contact me that way.

  10. Finally, I can say I am a "true" Coffeehouse Mystery" fan - I've just read the first two books in the series...and I read them in three days! LOVED them and can't wait to find the next in the series (must read them in order!). Thanks for sharing the recipes, too!! Heddlr1@gmail.com.

  11. I always enjoy this series and a good steak. Thank you for the giveaway and recipe. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

  12. Stick an egg on it and I'll have it right now! I want the one in the picture though - the grill marks are perfect. I have all of Cleo's books but didn't know about the other series, the things you learn.

  13. My husband and I are soon to be visiting nyc for first time! We are celebrating his 50th. Very excited!
    Love y'alls books!!

  14. Great recipe, will be trying very soon. Love coffee house mysteries & can't wait for the next installment Jschiro0329@verizon.net

  15. Can't wait to make your Irish Whiskey Steak recipe. My husband will love it! Your recipes are amazing and your books are great. I've enjoyed each and every one of them.

  16. First thing in the morning and you have me salivating for steak!
    Boy, does this look good!
    The very best of St. Patrick Days to you both.
    Erin go Bragh!

    1. Silly me!
      I was so busy drooling over the steaks that I forgot to give my contact info-
      libbydodd at comcast dot net

  17. Gotta get some Jamison and cook this next week!! Haven't had so much fun since Ireland! I follow you on Facebook and love your books!!

  18. My email is rhea.kryger@gmail.com! And love Jameson and now to cook with it! Fun!! Keep the books a coming!!

  19. Wow that steak makes my mouth water! I love St. Patrick's Day. I recently found out my GGG Grandmother came over from Ireland and was processed through Ellis Island.Hope ypu have a wonderful St. Patty's Day! dr(dot)oldsmobile(at)icloud(dot)com

  20. I am a steak lover and this looks great!!Love all your books and have 2 shelves of my 5 bookcases dedicated to your books!! Have a Blessed Saint Patricks Day!! drose10276@optonline.net

  21. Grilling season is almost here in Minnesota---the snow just has to melt first. Thanks for the recipe and the super contests.

  22. That steak looks scrumptious. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  23. Oh wow does this look delicious, I am going to have to try this recipe out and follow your directions. Mine never look this juicy when I get done cooking. Maybe I will have to get you to come cook it for me :) Thanks for the great recipe and the contest. darholley1@aol.com

  24. Great marinade recipe, thanks for sharing. Love this series, so thank you for the giveaway. doward1952@yahoo.com

  25. Dinner decided! I am a steak person, and enjoy upping the deal with marinades and sauces. I've used alcohol before, but this is great. And the giveaway opportunity is so unique, the mug is marvelous. I am such a fan of the Coffeehouse Mystery series, and follow you on social media. Thanks, Cleo! Thanks, Marc!

  26. Would love to win the mug. I really enjoy reading your books and look forward to this one.

  27. I really enjoy this series.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  28. OMG! Not only a fabulous recipe to enjoy but a giveaway of a gorgeous mug to drink my Irish Coffee in while reading DEAD TO THE LAST DROP, what a better way to spend the day?

  29. I adore Irish Coffee but would not have thought to marinate a steak in it. The recipe sounds great but admittedly, I might have difficulties not just mixing myself an Irish Coffee and just contemplating the steak.

  30. This Irish Whiskey Steak recipe is a keeper, and I love all of your photos! Thank you for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

  31. This really puts the kick in the steak it sounds like and it sounds wonderful. I wrote it down so that we can make it thank you for posting all the photos also i might just print the whole darned thing so that hubby gets the kick in him. Thank you also for the giveaway. ptclayton2@aol.com

  32. Love, love, love the coffeehouse series! And the mug is beautiful. Thanks for the chance. :) Dianne

  33. Just dropping in to say THANK YOU for these wonderful comments, Marc and I are reading and loving them! While it may seem early to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the truth is New York is already doing it. Small, local parades are taking place this week, and the stores around us are doing a brisk business in shamrock scarves, green carnations, and Irish-American favorites--corned beef, cabbage, soda bread, Guinness, and (of course) Irish whiskey. Baileys Irish Cream is another way we enjoy making our Irish coffee (and a favorite of yours, too, we hear) -- it's all good!

    Sincerest thanks again for dropping in to let us know your thoughts about the post, our books...and Irish whiskey! The Irish Blessing mug is beautiful. Good luck to you all in the drawing for it, the collectible recipes cards, and the autographed copy of our Coffeehouse Mystery.

    The comments will stay open all week so feel free to keep the entries coming! To quote the Terminator, I'll be back...

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
    “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  34. Pat (patdupuy@yahoo.com)March 8, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Just finished Dead to the Last Drop last week. Good one! I enjoyed the back and forth timewise format.

  35. Oh Cleo, seeing the picture of the heroes just brought a tear to my eye! I would love to see this parade up close, in person. Thank you for the chance at your give-a-way & congratulations on Dead To The Last Drop making the bestseller list! Sandy T. sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

  36. It looks delicious, bet I could convince my hubby to give it a go instead of corned beef! Printing the helpful recipe! Thanks so much!

  37. Thank you very much for the giveaway opportunity! The steak looks fantastic! Jillian.lauder@yahoo.com

  38. Love this giveaway!! Thank you so much. nelson_ee@yahoo.com

  39. Thanks for this fabulous giveaway and lovely post. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  40. Great recipe and wonderful giveaway. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  41. Looks like a great recipe. Love to grill. b5sycop (at) nefcom (dot) com

  42. Great prizes! I don't care much for steak so I will just sip the whiskey instead.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

  43. My mouth is watering after seeing the wonderful steak you presented. I've definitely bookmarked this recipe to try the next time I get a steak to grill. Yes I am a friend of yours on facebook. robeader53@yahoo.com

  44. oH YES., Yum Yum .... this steak looks sooooo good. My son-in-law always bbq's steak for us and I will be giving him this recipe...for sure. Am friend on your FB .... Jane - jec0988@shaw.ca

  45. What a gorgeous mug...what could be better...Irish steak,
    great coffee, along with the latest book in the Coffee House series to read...colleen cmeier2001@live.com

  46. This recipe looks amazing, a great alternative to corned beef and cabbage. Love your books, can't wait for another Coffee House book. Mug is beautiful, great giveaway, thanks.

  47. Your Irish Whiskey Steak recipe sounds absolutely delicious & is making my mouth water. I've been having such a taste for steak lately.
    Jameson just happens to be my nephew's name & he's a favorite of mine, just like the whiskey (& he has a very Irish surname too).
    I will definitely be celebrating my Irish heritage on the 17th as well as that of my family & dear Irish friends.
    I'm needing to get back to my reading so I can catch up on all of your books & the P.I. Ghost series that sound so intriguing.
    Thank you for your stories, recipes & all the good books.

  48. Just reading that recipe made me hungry. It looks so good. The giveaways look most interesting as well. I now have your books on my TBR. Thanks for a lovely recipe and an equally lovely giveaway. Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

  49. Just looking at the steak is making me hungry! The mug is beautiful.. Thanks for the opportunity to win..

  50. Half way through "Dead to the Last Drop", WOW! Love Clare and the gang. Have read them all and passed them on so others can enjoy them too. Don't ever stop telling the coffee shop stories.

  51. Steak and mug are beautiful! (Bernie Charles friend on facebook)

  52. Thanks for the savory looking recipe and the generous giveaway!

  53. I am originally from the east coast and I love how your books transport me back there. I hope to get back there for a visit some day. I am glad we are friends on Facebook

  54. My husband and I grill almost year round, and thus steak recipe is right up our alley ! kathambre@yahoo.com

  55. I can't wait to try this recipe. I have buying and reading your books since I first discovered them at my library. I do hope Jack Shepherd will be coming back to haunt Rhode Island. His "village" is just up the road from me in Quonochontaug.

  56. Yum, I love Jameson's and steak, so must try this ASAP. Yep, friends on FB. lola777_22 (at)hotmail (dot)com

  57. The steak looks yummy! I've got this on my to read list. Hoping to get it soon. Thanks for the chance to win any of these great prizes. annelovell12@yahoo.com

  58. I love being your FB friend (:-) ), my sainted mother (body and soul Irish) passed 3 years ago just days after St. Patrick's day. This mug would be quite fitting to remember her. She loved her tea - and it is sooo beautiful. Here is my e-mail address irish84404@yahoo.com

  59. Not only did the foods make me drool, but that mug did also! But, most of all. A chance to win one of your books and the recipe cards! Back to drooling!!

  60. Love your series at the coffeehouse and the recipes. Love the mug!

  61. We had the Irish blessing hanging in our house when I was growing up. Thank you for bringing those memories forward for me tonight. rjlacasse@yahoo.com