The Perfect Irish Coffee Recipe


Cal/Serving: 281
Daily Value: 14%

Kidney-Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free
Vitamin A605IU12%
Vitamin C0mg1%
Thiamin (B1)0mg2%
Riboflavin (B2)0mg9%
Niacin (B3)0mg1%
Vitamin B60mg1%
Folic Acid (B9)5µg1%
Vitamin B120µg2%
Vitamin D0µg0%
Vitamin E1mg3%
Vitamin K2µg2%
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated5g0%
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated1g0%
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Irish Coffee

Irish coffee definitely ranks among people's favorite Irish recipes. For Wade Murphy, the executive head chef at The Lodge at Doonbeg, nothing beats a classic Irish coffee when he needs to warm up. He’s shared his recipe for making the perfect version of this simple and delicious drink that is served around Ireland.

This coffee is best served in a glass mug with a stem, so that you can see the layers. When adding the hot water to the glass to warm it up, make sure to pour it over the back of a teaspoon so that the spoon takes the heat from the water, rather than the glass — so it doesn't break.



  • 1 ounce good-quality Irish whiskey
  • Good-quality coffee, about ½ cup
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar, to taste
  • About ¼ cup whipping cream


Put a teaspoon into an Irish coffee glass and pour some boiling water into the glass over the back of a spoon to warm it up. Pour out the water, and then add the shot of whiskey to the glass.

Pour in the coffee, leaving about a ½-inch space at the top.

Add enough sugar, to taste, and stir until it has dissolved. The sugar ensures that the cream will float.

Place the spoon onto the surface of the coffee where it meets the side of the glass, face up, so that the curved part of the spoon is touching the coffee. With the cream in a small jug, pour it onto the spoon. The cream will flow over the edge of the spoon and rest on top of the coffee.

What you should be left with is a glass of black coffee (not cloudy and with no trace of cream) with a white collar about ½-inch deep. Enjoy.

Recipe Details

Makes 1 coffee

Servings: 1

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Hi Wade thanks for this recipe. Tried it last night with a double shot of espresso and it was fantastic. Needed something for entertaining the guests. The coffee was so strong they couldn't almost taste the whiskey!


The Buena Vista is the original, but an Irish coffee at Tosca in North Beach is also not to be missed.


1. When you preheat the mug, why fuss around with boiling water and spoons when you can just warm it under the tap while you turn up the hot water?
2. A good Irish whiskey for this is Black Bush.
3. Since I drink my coffee with cream (so now you know... I'm a barbarian), I prefer my Irish coffee mixed. But layers have a definite drama.
4. If you use freshly whipped cream, it floats without special steps.
5. Some of my friends swear an Irish coffee isn't complete without a rim of confectioners' sugar. While I don't agree, it certainly add to the aesthetics. And I empathize - I feel the same way about a margarita without a rom of salt.


Coffee, brown sugar, Irsh Whisky, Amaretto, whipped cream, topped off with a smattering of cinnamon and Creme de Menthe. Try it, you wont regret it!


The best I ever had (and Made) used a shot of Irish Whiskey and brown sugar in the stemed glass and then it was heated over a sterno flame to cook of the alcohol and capture the flavor. Then a second shot of whiskey was added followed by black coffee. Whipped cream was then poured over the back of a spoon and into the glass.

Alessandro's picture

A good irish coffee is the best drink, especially during St.Patrick festivity! I remember one day i tried one, and it was a new experience, especially for an italian used to drink normal black coffee :)

Thanks so much for showing this recipe!
See you,


The Buena Vista Irish Coffee...1952

T K Nagano


Yeah but he's correct. The drink is not an Irish creation
, but an American one... His link is to the Buena Vista hotel in San Fran where the drink was invented. If done this way, it is fantastic!


Too much sugar - 3/4 teaspoon is enough!
Start with the oz. of whiskey and mix with sugar. Then add coffee.

Allison Beck's picture

Agreed -- some must like their coffee sweet. As with sweetening or seasoning anything, we advise you to add a bit and taste as you go along!

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