Irish Coffee Recipe

Irish Coffee Recipe

This Irish Coffee Recipe is made just like the original. Freshly brewed coffee with a kiss of sweet sugar and Irish Whiskey is capped off with fresh whipped cream that is lightly frothed so it floats on top of the coffee.

It is a celebrated beverage and one of our all time favorite coffee drinks. Sitting at the Buena Vista Restaurant in San Francisco sipping one of their Irish Coffees and looking out at the Golden Gate Bridge, well, it just doesn’t get better than that!

That single thought became the inspiration for this post, along with the fact that we both love to brew up these amazing cocktails at home for friends and family. We could not resist sharing this recipe with you.

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see our affiliate disclosure for more details.

Irish Coffee Recipe Ingredients:

This wonderful recipe uses only four ingredients. It is easy to make and a great addition to any breakfast, brunch or happy hour. It’s the pick me up you will want to make over and over!

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Fresh Brewed Coffee
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Sugar Cubes
  • Heavy whipping cream – whipped until lightly firm

How to make an original Irish Coffee:

The key ingredient to make an original Irish Coffee is the fresh whipped cream. The cream should be whipped to just the right consistency so that it will float on top of the coffee. The coffee is meant to be sipped through the cream.

  • Use a milk frother and whip the cream until lightly frothed and foamy, but not firm. This will take about a minute to a minute and a half.
  • The first step in making the perfect Irish Coffee is to heat up the cup. Fill cup with hot water, let sit for a few seconds allowing cup to get hot. Pour out water.
  • Next place 2 raw sugar cubes into the warm cup. One cube of sugar is equal to one teaspoon. If you don’t have cubes you can use 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Pour in hot brewed coffee until the cup is ¾ full. Give the cup a stir, allowing sugar to dissolve.
  • Add one ounce of Irish Whiskey.
  • Gently pour frothed whipped cream over the top of a spoon. Allowing cream to spill over the edges. This will allow the cream float on top of the coffee.

The milk frother I used in this recipe is the Aerolatte Milk Foamer. If you would like to have one here is the link.

What is the best Irish Whiskey to use for Irish Coffee?

Irish Whiskey comes from the country of Ireland. The word Whiskey comes from the Irish word “Gaelic”, which means “water of life”. At one time in history it was the most popular spirit in the world.

The process to make Irish Whiskey begins with a yeast fermentation mash of corn, wheat and barley and is distilled three times. This extra step in the distilling process makes for a lighter smoother finish on the palate.

Depending on the process used to make the whiskey the end product can have overtones ranging from spicy to fruity. You will want to choose a whiskey whose flavor profile does not overpower your drink.

You will fine many fine Irish Whiskeys on the market.

Here are a few we recommend:

  • Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey – a classic and the one used at the original Buena Vista.
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey – it’s a classic at a great price point.
  • Bushmills Irish Whiskey – has a spicier edge.
  • Green Spot Irish Whiskey – has a fruity flavor.

Enjoy these additional beverages on our site:

Irish Coffee Recipe
Print Recipe
5 from 5 votes

Irish Coffee Recipe

This Irish Coffee Recipe is made just like the original in San Francisco! Freshly brewed coffee with a kiss of sweet sugar and Irish Whiskey is capped off with freshly whipped cream that is lightly frothed.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 184kcal
Author: Jayne Harter

Equipment

  • One milk frother

Ingredients

  • 2 cubes raw sugar
  • 6 ounces brewed coffee
  • 1 ounce Irish Whiskey
  • 2 tbsp frothed whipping cream

Instructions

  • Use a milk frother and whip the cream until lightly frothed and foamy, but not firm. This will take about a minute to a minute and a half.
  • The first step in making the perfect Irish Coffee is to heat up the cup. Fill cup with hot water, let sit for a few seconds allowing cup to get hot. Pour out water.
  • Next place 2 raw sugar cubes into the warm cup. One cube of sugar is equal to one teaspoon. If you don't have cubes you can use 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Pour in hot brewed coffee until the cup is ¾ full. Give the cup a stir, allowing sugar to dissolve.
  • Add one ounce of Irish Whiskey.
  • Gently pour frothed whipped cream over the top of a spoon. Allowing cream to spill over the edges. This will allow the cream float on top of the coffee.

Nutrition

Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 107mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 441IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg


5 thoughts on “Irish Coffee Recipe”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating