Irish Coffee Cocktail Recipe

Irish Coffee Nutrition Facts






Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

August 9, 2023


Irish Coffee was created in the 1940s by Joe Sheridan, a chef at the Foynes Airbase in County Limerick, Ireland. He wanted to create a warm and comforting drink for travelers arriving on cold, transatlantic flights. The drink quickly gained popularity and became a staple in Irish pubs and bars around the world.

  • The original recipe called for Irish whiskey, coffee, brown sugar, and whipped cream.
  • Irish Coffee is often enjoyed on cold winter nights or as a festive drink during the holiday season.
  • The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco is famous for its Irish Coffee, serving over 2,000 glasses a day.

How Irish Coffee Tastes?

Irish Coffee is a warm, rich, and creamy cocktail with a perfect balance of bitter coffee, sweet sugar, and smooth Irish whiskey. The whipped cream adds a luxurious, velvety texture.

Interesting facts about Irish Coffee

  • Irish Coffee is sometimes referred to as 'Gaelic Coffee' or 'Café Gaelach'.
  • The National Irish Coffee Day is celebrated on January 25th.
  • The world record for the largest Irish Coffee was set in 2013, with a 234-gallon glass.


Recipe. How to make Irish Coffee Drink

  1. Preheat an Irish Coffee glass by filling it with hot water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Then, empty the glass.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of brown sugar to the glass.
  3. Pour in 1.5 oz of Irish whiskey.
  4. Fill the glass with 6 oz of hot coffee, leaving about half an inch of space at the top.
  5. Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Gently pour the whipped cream over the back of a spoon, so it floats on top of the coffee.
  7. Do not stir the whipped cream into the coffee. Enjoy the drink by sipping the coffee through the layer of cream.

Pro Tips

  • Preheat the glass to keep the drink warm for longer.
  • Use high-quality, freshly brewed coffee for the best taste.
  • Do not stir the whipped cream into the coffee. Sip the coffee through the cream for the authentic Irish Coffee experience.

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What you could change in Irish Coffee

  • Irish whiskey can be replaced with other types of whiskey or bourbon.
  • Brown sugar can be substituted with white sugar or honey.
  • Whipped cream can be replaced with a dairy-free alternative for a vegan version.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Irish Coffee

What type of coffee should I use for an Irish Coffee?

Any high-quality, freshly brewed coffee should be okay. However, some people prefer a strong, dark roast to balance out the sweetness of the cocktail.

Does Irish Coffee only include whiskey as an alcohol?

Traditionally yes, the main alcohol content is Irish whiskey. However, it can be replaced with a variety of spirits according to personal preference, like bourbon or rum.

Is there a specific way to serve Irish Coffee?

The perfect Irish Coffee is served in a clear stemmed glass displaying the different layers; coffee at the bottom, a layer of cream on top. And the glass should be warm to enhance the full experience.

Is Irish Coffee always served hot?

Yes, Irish Coffee is primarily a hot drink, designed to comfort and warm. However, there are iced or cold variations available as well.

Can I use any type of brown sugar in the Irish Coffee?

Yes, any variety of brown sugar may be used, but darker varieties will give your drink a deeper flavor.

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Extra information to help you make Irish Coffee

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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