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Irish Coffee

This Irish coffee lives up to its reputation as a relaxing after-dinner drink. Creme de menthe adds a colorful touch to the cream. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 2 cups hot strong brewed coffee (French or other dark roast)
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon green creme de menthe


  • Divide sugar and whiskey between two mugs; stir in coffee. In a small bowl, beat cream and creme de menthe until thickened. Gently spoon onto tops of drinks, allowing cream to float. Serve immediately.
Editor's Note: You may also use a portable mixer with whisk attachment to thicken the cream mixture in a 1-cup measuring cup.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 203 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 21mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • dsharp90
    Jan 30, 2021

    I omitted the creme de menthe, but otherwise followed the recipe as written. I poured the whipped cream over the back of a spoon to float it on the coffee. Drinking it, I felt like I was at the Buena Vista looking over San Francisco Bay. Perfect!

  • creteman
    Apr 9, 2016

    This may have the basic ingrediants, but this is not how it's made in Ireland. The process of making it is just as important as the end result. Making it properly ensures the end result, And you NEVER put cream de mint on it.

  • CAS57
    Mar 11, 2015

    I agree with the other comments. Leave off the creme de menthe. Otherwise it is excellent.????

  • smelonas
    Mar 14, 2012

    LOVE this recipe. I also added a drop of green food coloring to the creme de menth/whipping cream to give it more of a St. Patrick's Day festive look. My company loved it and even asked for the recipe. I was kind of embarassed to tell them how simple it was!

  • jennapril
    Mar 14, 2012

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  • Durbymom
    Mar 14, 2012

    While I enjoy Irish Coffee, I did not like the addition of the creme de menthe either! If you want green whip cream on top of the drink, just color it green. The minty flavor with the irish coffee was like that orange juice and toothpaste thing!!

  • gtogerry
    Mar 14, 2012

    I am a true believer in Irish Coffee. I lived in Alaska for over 30 years and always loved my Irish coffee in the winter time. My husband and I would visit a local Irish bar and they made them like this recipe but don"t add the creme de menthe it's not in the original recipe.

  • lottieda
    Mar 14, 2012

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  • Mare1960
    Mar 9, 2011

    I love Irish Coffee and enjoy it as an after dinner drink. I do not like the creme de menthe as it spoils the taste of the true Irish coffee. I think some bartender somewhere thought it would be cute to add something green, big mistake! least with me. Enjoy!