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Indulge in the comforting allure of Irish Coffee, a delightful blend of rich coffee, Irish whiskey, and velvety whipped cream. Perfect for cozy evenings or festive celebrations. This post is meant for an audience 21 and over.

Finished irish cream coffee.


 

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We love whipping up this cozy drink during the cooler holidays and St Patrick’s Day. Also, perfect as a dessert coffee for after dinner. I first tried it at a restaurant and I was hooked. The cool thing about this coffee cocktail is that the whipped cream floats at the top, making it an impressive-looking drink. I share my tips on making the cream float on top later in the post.

Fancy cocktails aren’t just for sipping in the summer. If you love this recipe, you’ll enjoy other warm cocktails like my Holiday Mulled Wine, Turtle Coffee Recipe, and a fun Shamrock Mint Hot Chocolate!

Finished coffee.

Irish Coffee Ingredients

  • Freshly brewed hot coffee – Use your favorite coffee, flavored coffee, or decaffeinated coffee.
  • Light brown sugar – Brown sugar adds another layer to the sweetness.
  • Irish whiskey – This recipe uses Jameson Irish Whiskey; if you have another preference, give it a try.
  • Whipping cream – Not to be confused with heavy whipping cream. Whipping cream is lighter and complements the cocktail very well.
Irish coffee ingredients.

Tools needed for this recipe

  • Coffee Pot
  • Milk frother
  • Coffee cup & spoon

How To Make An Irish Coffee

Add brown sugar and whiskey to the cup of hot coffee. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

A clear glass of hot coffee.

Add whipping cream to a small bowl and whip lightly with a whisk or frother until slightly thickened.

frothing cream in a small jar.

Top up the glass with the lightly whipped cream by pouring it over the coffee.

Topping the hot coffee with frothed cream.

Serve and enjoy!

Topping variations and tips

Toppings: Top your Irish coffee with a dollop of chocolate whipped cream, a dusting of cocoa powder, nutmeg, or grated chocolate.

Tip: Serve your cocktail with a stir stick or spoon. This will allow guests to be able to mix in the cream if they choose to.

Serving Suggestions for Irish Coffee

After dinner drink: Serve it alongside dessert for a satisfying finish to your dinner.

Cold weather or holidays: Very popular during the cooler months and holiday seasons.

St. Patrick’s Day: An ideal drink to serve during St. Patrick’s Day.

Finished irish cream coffee.

FAQ’s

Can I use any whiskey for Irish coffee?

While any whiskey could technically be used, this is traditionally made with Irish whiskey. The smooth and sweet characteristics of Irish whiskey complement the flavors of the coffee and cream. Popular brands of Irish whiskey are Jameson, Bushmills, and Tullamore Dew.

Can I use something other than whiskey for an Irish coffee?

Irish whiskey would be the traditional choice, but you can experiment with other kinds if you like. Some variations include using rum, like in Jamaican coffee, bourbon, or other flavored liqueurs like Irish cream or hazelnut liqueur.

Can Irish coffee be served cold?

Traditionally served warm, you can also serve it cold. Simply brew your coffee and let it cool, add ice, and then follow the recipe as usual. Now you have an Iced Irish Coffee.

Notes

  • Make sure to use whipping cream and not heavy whipping cream. Heavy whipping cream will fall into the coffee rather than float on top.
  • Using store-brought whipping cream will also make the cream float into the drink. It’s best to use whipping cream and froth or whisk it yourself.
  • Do not stir after adding the cream, as the true flavor is obtained by drinking hot coffee and Irish whiskey through the cream.

Looking for more cocktail recipes? Try these out:

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Finished irish cream coffee.
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Irish Coffee

Indulge in the comforting allure of Irish Coffee, a delightful blend of rich coffee, Irish whiskey, and velvety whipped cream. Perfect for cozy evenings, or festive celebrations.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Irish
Keyword irish coffee
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 233kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1/2 tablespoon Light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish Whiskey about 3 tbsp
  • 2 tablespoons Whipping cream

Instructions

  • Add brown sugar and whiskey to the cup of hot coffee. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Add whipping cream to a small bowl and whip lightly with a whisk or frother, until slightly thickened.
  • Top up the glass with the lightly whipped cream by pouring it over the coffee.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure to use whipping cream and not heavy whipping cream. Heavy whipping cream will fall into the coffee, rather than float on top.
  • Do not stir after adding the cream, as the true flavor is obtained by drinking hot coffee and Irish whiskey through the cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 153mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 441IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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