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The Perfect Irish Coffee Recipe


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.