Irish Coffee

A wonderful way to end your day – or a Sunday brunch – and just in time for St. Patty’s Day! I love Irish coffee and was happy to see it’s quite easy to make!

Irish coffee has been around since the early 1940s. The story goes that a plane on the West coast of Ireland headed for New York had to turn around due to stormy weather. In an effort to extend hospitality, the head chef at Foynes Point gave passengers coffee with a shot of Irish whiskey. When asked if it was Brazilian coffee, the chef said, no, it is Irish coffee!


One of the passengers wrote about the amazing “Gaelic” coffee he had at the airport. Together, he and the owner of the Buena Vista Restaurant in San Francisco experimented to find what this coffee was made of. That was in 1952 – and the first Irish coffee was served in the U.S. in 1954 – and the rest is history.

Ingredients you’ll need for each cup – 

  • 1 shot of Irish Whiskey (1 ½ oz) – I like Bushmills, but Jameson is another good one.20150213_183027
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cup strong brewed coffee
  • Whipped cream

Making the Coffee – 

Place sugar and whiskey in the bottom of a clear coffee mug.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Add coffee then, gently lay the whipping cream over the top. I used aerosol, but in Ireland they would never use it!! Always hand whipped double cream.

Serve immediately!


5 from 4 votes
Irish Coffee

A delicious way to end the day, or finish a brunch. Strong coffee with cream and a shot of Irish whiskey.

Course: appertif, Appetizer, beverage
Cuisine: American, Irish, St. Patricks
Keyword: coffee, cream, Irish whiskey
Servings: 1 cup
Author: HelenFern
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1-1/2 oz Irish Whiskey (1 - shot)
  • 1/4 cup Whipped heavy cream
  1. Place sugar and whiskey in the bottom of a clear coffee mug. 

  2. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. 

  3. Add coffee and top with whipped cream –

  4. Serve immediately!

Irish Coffee

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12 Responses to Irish Coffee

  1. Irish coffee sounds pretty good right now, we are having a bit of cold today.
    Thanks for stopping by the Oh My Heartsie Girl ww to share, we appreciate your feature! Hope you have a great weekend, coming. Karren

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  4. Oh, yum! This reminds me of a long ago trip to San Francisco and drinking the most amazing Irish coffee. Pinned and sharing. Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party. I hope you will join our next party starting Sunday at noon EST.

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  6. 5 stars
    I love Irish coffee. Perfect for a holiday evening treat to enjoy with family and friends. I used coconut sugar as the sweetener and it turned out lovely.

  7. Andréa says:

    5 stars
    I love to drink Irish coffee as a dessert. It’s so festive and got great flavor. Yummie!

  8. nancy says:

    5 stars
    i love a delicious cup of irish coffee, thanks for the easy recipe! now i can enjoy this at home anytime!

  9. Alexandra says:

    5 stars
    This is absolute perfection! The perfect drink to enjoy at this time of year whilst watching a Christmas movie with loved ones. So enjoyable! :)

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