Irish Coffee Recipe -Tips To Making The Perfect Cocktail

Irish Coffee Recipe- An Ireland tradition. 

I’ve always heard the quote, “When in Ireland, do as they do!” Okay, maybe it was actually Rome, but you get the point.

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Traditional Irish Coffee – Slainte!!! (Cheers)

If you aren’t in Ireland, but still want to celebrate their culinary traditions, this is an easy, yet authentic beverage recipe to follow!

To some people’s disbelief, they don’t actually drink green beer in Ireland on St. Patrick’s day. With the dark hues of standard Irish beers, you wouldn’t even be able to see the green food coloring.

However, Irish coffee is a common drink found in almost all Irish restaurants, pubs and homes. It is not only served during and after Happy Hour, it is served during all hours of the day, every day of the week.

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For the best Irish coffee, grind your own medium or dark roasted beans.

While touring Ireland I stopped at a quaint establishment for a quick bite to eat. It was late morning on a brisk weekday, and all the locals were sipping on an Irish coffee.

Of course, I wanted to follow their lead and ordered one as well. The bartender was more than happy to demonstrate to this tourist the proper way to make an Irish coffee.

It is not as simple as pouring a little Irish whiskey in mug of hot coffee. There are specific steps you must follow to achieve the perfect Irish Coffee.

Tips For The Perfect Irish Coffee

First of all you must make a rich, thick coffee. A medium to dark roast is ideal and of course using freshly ground beans helps the flavor tremendously!

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Stir the whiskey and brown sugar together until dissolved in a warmed glass before adding the coffee.

Preheat your coffee glass. While the coffee is brewing, pour hot water into the glass. Dump the water right before making the drink to keep the glass as warm as possible.

Choose a great Irish whiskey. Where we live favorites include Jameson or Bushmills.

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It is important to pour your whipped cream over the back of a spoon so that it floats on top of the coffee.

Use freshly whipped cream. Whisk heavy whipping cream vigorously with a whisk or fork until it is light and fluffy. You must pour the cream over a spoon that is placed across the rim of the glass so that it floats on top of the coffee.

You don’t want it to sink into the coffee. And never, I mean never, use pressurized whipped cream from a can!

If you liked our Irish Coffee recipe, be sure to check out our Irish Soda Bread and Instant Pot Irish Beef Stew recipes. 

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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee Recipe

A sweet and delicious Irish coffee cocktail that will warm your body and soul.
Cuisine Irish
Servings 1 coffee


  • 4 ounces black coffee strong and hot
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 ounce lightly whipped heavy cream


  • Heat an Irish coffee glass (or mug) with hot water to warm it.
  • Empty the hot water out and immediately pour the whiskey into the warm Irish coffee glass.
  • Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved.
  • Pour in the coffee, leaving enough room for the cream to go on top.
  • Float the cream on top by pouring it over a spoon so that it sits on top of the coffee mixture. Do not stir.
  • Drink the coffee through the cream.


Recipe provided by Make Your Meals – adapted from

Irish Coffee Recipe -Tips To Making The Perfect Cocktail
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