How to Make Classic Irish Coffee

St. Patrick’s Day is here, but you can enjoy Irish coffee year round! The key to any Irish coffee is Irish whiskey. Look for a mid-range with a mild, sweet finish to counter the bitter coffee. A lightly whipped cream will give you a frothy cream collar on top. If you prefer a high pile of cream, you’ll need to whip it to medium-stiff peaks. Use an unsweetened whipped cream to keep the sweetness contained in the coffee.

Yield: Makes 1 drink


  • 6 ounces hot, freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • Freshly whipped cream


  • Heatproof glass or mug


  1. Preheat your mug, then fill with coffee. Pour hot water into a mug or heatproof glass to take the chill off. Pour out the water. This will also prevent your glass from cracking. Fill the mug about 3/4 full with the coffee.
  2. Add sweetener. Add the granulated and brown sugars and stir until fully dissolved.
  3. Add Irish whiskey. Add the whiskey and stir to incorporate.
  4. Top with whipped cream. If using lightly whipped cream, pour it slowly over a warm spoon onto the coffee, being careful not to break the coffee’s surface. This takes some practice. A more foolproof way to not break the surface is to whip the cream a bit more and dollop it gently on top. Drink while hot!

Source: the Kitchn

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