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How to Make the Best Irish Coffee

Start by gathering high quality ingredients, then:

1) Brew your favorite coffee.

I like dark roast best in Irish coffees, personally, but that’s my general preference. Freshly brewed coffee is the way to go!

2) Add Irish whiskey to a mug.

I’m partial to Jameson. It’s the brand we used to make Irish coffees when I was a bartender. Bushmills is a less expensive option.

3) Sweeten with some maple syrup.

Mind you, I like my coffee black in the mornings, but a little sweetener takes the edge off the whiskey. You could use regular sugar or brown sugar instead, but maple syrup tastes better and blends in more easily.

4) Add a splash of coffee.

Gently stir to blend. Then fill the mug with coffee, leaving about 1/2-inch at the top for whipped cream.

5) Top with whipped cream.

Bonus points if you’re using real whipped cream. So good!

Irish Coffee

The Irish Coffee may not be the first coffee drink with alcohol, but this cocktail has become one of the most famous. Combining coffee with Irish whiskey, brown sugar and lightly whipped cream, the Irish Coffee is a hot, creamy classic that can wake you up on cold mornings or keep you going after a long night.

There are many tall tales about the Irish Coffee’s origins. The most credible version attributes the cocktail to Joe Sheridan, the head chef of the restaurant at the Foynes Flying Boat terminal in County Limerick in the early 1940s, who wanted to add a little local hospitality to the establishment’s coffee. Legend has it that when he first served it and was asked if it was Brazilian coffee, Sheridan cheekily replied that it was “Irish coffee.”

The drink was later made famous by Pulitzer Prize-winning "San Francisco Chronicle" columnist Stanton Delaplane, who frequented the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco during the 1950s. After tasting one in Ireland, he and the bar’s owner, Jack Koeppler, attempted to recreate the warming elixir. They succeeded, and Deplante wrote about the drink in his column, which was read widely across the States. This helped to earn the drink a following at Buena Vista and beyond. On a busy day, the San Francisco bar can serve more than 2,000 Irish Coffees. With its comforting blend of whiskey, caffeine and cream, it’s easy to see the drink’s appeal.

According to bartending legend Dale DeGroff, the Irish Coffee should not be a large drink. He says that bars, particularly in America, go too big, which ruins the balance of an otherwise great cocktail. "Choose the vessel wisely," he says. "The small bell-shaped glass that Libbey has been providing to The Buena Vista for decades is a nice size at six ounces."

Then you can build your drink right in the glass, starting with the whiskey, sugar and coffee, and topping it with a dose of thick cream. “At The Buena Vista Cafe, the concoction is finished with a white cloud of hand-whipped cream,” says DeGroff. "This topping serves two important purposes: It creates the drink's signature dramatic black-and-white look, and the unsweetened coolness of the cream tempers the alcohol and the hot, sugary coffee." If you’d like to decorate that gorgeous white head, you can optionally add a dusting of fresh cinnamon or nutmeg for a fragrant garnish.

“You also don’t need a giant pour of Irish whiskey,” says DeGroff. "Delaplane and Koeppler's recipe calls for a one-ounce shot. I know it seems stingy, but don't be put off — it's actually good news. That liquor, along with three-and-a-half ounces of steaming-hot sweetened coffee and three-quarters of an inch of lightly whipped cream, is so delicious you'll want to consume at least two more. "’s recipe below calls for slightly more than that, but it’s still not enough to knock you off your bar stool.

Degroff offers three additional tips for creating a perfect Irish Coffee:

1. Use a stemmed glass no larger than eight ounces. (With an eight-ounce glass, you can go up to one-and-a-half ounces of Irish whiskey. I am partial to Jameson.)

2. Top with no more than four ounces of steaming-hot sweetened coffee.

3. Lightly whip the cream. It should not form peaks, but it should be frothy enough to float, creating that perfect separation of coffee from cream, which is, after all, the signature of the drink.

Irish Coffee

Coffee cocktails are just about as sinful a beverage as we can think of. They are a direct jolt of caffeine and booze straight to the system that is perfect for the start or end of the night. Irish coffee is one of the most classic coffee mixed drinks. It is the perfect combination of sweetened coffee, Irish whiskey, and (of course) whipped cream. It's cozy, delicious, and incredibly easy to make.

First, you'll want to warm the mugs. The best way to do this: let hot water sit in the mug, then dump it out. Irish coffee is traditionally served in a glass mug, and the quick step of preheating the mug prevents cracking upon pouring. It'll also take the chill off of your mug and ensure that your drink stays warm for longer.

Next, dissolve brown sugar in hot coffee then add the whiskey. You could use granulated sugar, but we the caramel and molasses notes from the brown sugar pair well with the booze.

Finally, make whipped cream! You're looking for the mixture to hold soft peaks while remaining pourable. To pour the whipped cream, pour whipped cream over the back of a spoon to form a pillowy, foamy topping.

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Irish Coffee Ingredients

  • Coffee: Brew about 6 ounces of your favorite coffee (also about 3/4 cup).
  • Irish Whiskey: You’ll need 1 1/2 oz or 3 tablespoons. You can use any Irish whiskey, but see below for the best gluten-free options.
  • child: I’ve used 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar to sweeten this up. But you can also use maple syrup or a keto-friendly sugar.
  • Whipped Cream: Whip up some heavy cream to create the fluffy topping. Or make coconut whipped cream for a dairy-free option.

What is in Irish coffee?

Google “how to make Irish coffee” and you’ll find a slew of different recipes. The amounts may differ and the procedure may vary, but not by much.

Irish coffee is traditionally served in a stemmed glass coffee mug. It always contains these ingredients:

  • whiskey
  • child
  • hot coffee, and
  • heavy cream.

That said, it’s amazing how many Irish bars and restaurants have no clue how to make a good Irish coffee. If you ordered one and it’s not a beautiful, layered creation, they didn’t make it right.

One thing to note about the whiskey: Never let them serve you budget whiskey. If it’s not good enough to drink on its own, it’s not going to be any good in the coffee, either.

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