How to Make an Irish Coffee That Will Warm You Right Up

The classic Irish coffee recipe calls for hot coffee, a splash of Irish whiskey, sugar and cream. Sláinte!

There are few things more Irish than adding a shot of whiskey to your coffee. It’s the perfect thing to sip in a cozy pub—and in front of your own crackling fireplace. We’ll show you how to make an Irish coffee recipe that you can enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day, for that matter).

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What Is Irish Coffee?

The classic Irish cocktail (known as caife Gaelach in the motherland) is made with hot coffee, a shot of Irish whiskey and sugar and topped with a generous layer of thick cream. (You can find all sorts of boozy Irish recipes that feature stout, Irish whiskey or Irish cream.)

The true origin of Irish coffee is up for debate, but the most common story says the drink was invented in Foynes, an airbase village in Ireland. Late on a stormy night in 1942, a group of cold and tired airline passengers stopped in a restaurant after a treacherous flight. An Irish chef named Joe Sheridan decided to prepare a special drink to warm up his patrons. That very night, the Irish coffee was born.

How to Make Our Irish Coffee Recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups hot strong brewed coffee (French or another dark roast)
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Step 1: Heat Up the Mug

First, fill a mug with hot (not boiling) water and let it sit for about two minutes. Carefully pour out the water. Now your mug will be prepped and warm. This little step will go a long way in keeping your Irish coffee hotter for longer.

Step 2: Mix the Libations

Then you’ll want to add the sugar to your mug. Pour in the hot coffee and stir to dissolve. After that, pour in the Irish whiskey.

Step 3: Whip the Cream

In a small bowl, beat the whipping cream until thick and foamy. For an extra kick, you can stir in a teaspoon of green creme de menthe, like in this recipe.

Step 4: Add the Crown

Gently spoon the cream mixture onto the drinks, allowing it to float. Top with chocolate flakes or sprinkle on some nutmeg or cinnamon, if desired.

In the end, you’ll have a comforting cuppa with a bit of a kick! And if you’re looking for a quick way to get a bit of Ireland in your mug, try a bit of this tipple, too.

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Ceara “Kiwi” Milligan is a professional marketing strategist and copywriter who is proud to call Milwaukee home. She loves baking, cooking, writing, listening to music, dancing, playing and hosting trivia, watching college basketball (Go Marquette!), telling lame jokes, and petting every dog that crosses her path.