How to Make Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee is an enjoyable hot drink with many variations. According to one story, it was invented in the early 1940s. One cold winter’s night an American Flying Boat came into the village of Foynes, in County Limerick, Ireland. The passengers and crew were frozen to their very bones. In the a restaurant there, the chef served hot coffee after dinner, adding a shot of whiskey to each cup. Thus Irish coffee was born. Nowadays, Irish coffee is usually included in a menu’s dessert section. The following is one method that makes an ideal drink for when the weather turns a little chilly and you need a quick pick-me-up.


  • 500 ml / 17 fl oz hot coffee
  • 4 good measures of Irish whiskey
  • 20 ml or 4 teaspoons granulated sugar (Brown sugar (preferred))
  • 300 ml or 1+ cups of thick double cream, or heavy cream
  • Hot water
  • Chocolate (optional)


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    Brew the coffee to the taste you like.
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    Whip the cream. Pour the cream into a jug or bowl and lightly whip. The cream is ready when it becomes smooth and doesn't drip off the spoon.
    • If you wish, add two tablespoons of sugar to the cream to help improve its consistency and flavor.
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    Heat the glass. To prevent the glass from cracking, heat it by holding over some steaming water for a few seconds.
    • Leave the mixing spoon in the glass as this will aid to absorb some of the coffee heat if the glass is thick.
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    Sweeten the coffee. In each of your glasses, add about a tablespoon (15 ml) of brown sugar.
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    Pour a measure of the whiskey into the glass. Mix.
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    Add the coffee to about a 1/2 inch (15 mm) from the top of the glass. Stir the sugar and whiskey mix as you go.
    • Don't forget to leave room for the cream.
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    Fill the remainder of the glass with the cream. Spoon some of the whipped cream over the hot coffee.
    • Don't mix it in, it should float on top.
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    Serve. Although optional, it can be extra delicious to top off the Irish coffee with a favorite chocolate. Try breaking or crumbling in a chocolate bar such as a Flake, Andes mint chocolate, or other favorite chocolate bar.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 stemmed glass
  • 1 bar spoon
  • 1 teaspoon
  • 1 whisk

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