Simple Recipe for Irish Coffee with Whiskey

Coffee lovers, this cocktail is for you. A true Irish coffee with just the right amount of whiskey and cream. Read on to see just how easy this traditional drink is to make and learn how to make one for yourself.

Irish coffee with fresh whipped cream

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This traditional whiskey cocktail is served warm and can be sipped and enjoyed any time of the year. It’s especially popular here in America around St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t let that stop you from trying this anytime. To make it extra special for the holiday add a splash of creme de menthe to the cream to turn it green. Just mix it up before adding the cream to the coffee.

History of Irish Coffee

Irish coffee gained popularity around the 1940’s when it was served in an airport in Ireland to welcome passengers entering the country. Fans of the drink brought the recipe back to the States and it caught on. Using Jameson, or another favorite Irish whiskey, this drink is still popular year round with Americans and coffee fans worldwide.

Layering Irish Coffee

This coffee is typically served in layers showing off the dark coffee on the bottom and smooth cream on the top. It can also be mixed so the flavors blend together. This recipe shows the drink mixed to a creamy brown color. Try your hand at layering this drink by slowly pouring the cream on top of the coffee mixture without stirring. Irish coffee looks great and feels authentic when served in an Irish coffee glass mug.

Irish coffee with fresh whipped cream

Irish Coffee

Yield: 1
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A whiskey coffee drink served and enjoyed warm.


  • 1.5 ounce Irish Whiskey
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 6 ounces hot coffee
  • Heavy cream


  1. Brew a pot of fresh coffee.
  2. Warm an Irish coffee glass and pour in whiskey. Mix in brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Irish coffee whiskey and brown sugar
  3. Top with coffee. Irish coffee - adding coffee to mug
  4. Top the glass with cream. Irish coffee with cream
  5. Whip some of the remaining heavy cream and top with a dollop. Irish coffee with cream close up

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Recipe Variations

If you are a fan of this warm coffee cocktail, try one of these variations.

  • Iced Irish Coffee. Use the recipe above and combine cold coffee with brown sugar. Fill the glass with ice then top with cream.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Irish Coffee. Blend the brown sugar and coffee in a glass. In a separate glass mix a half ounce of creme de menthe with the cream from the recipe and stir until combined. Pour this green cream on top of the coffee.

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