If you’re looking for the best Irish coffee recipes, you’ve come to the right place.
Whether St. Patrick’s day is coming up or you’re just in the mood for a simple cocktail, we know you want to get started on making yourself a drink as soon as possible.
But just in case you’re new to the drinking world, we’ll answer what might be your most prominent question: what is Irish coffee?
What Is Irish Coffee?
Irish coffee is a cocktail that usually consists of only four ingredients.
The ingredients are Irish whiskey, sugar, hot coffee, and heavy cream.
It’s been a popular drink since the early 40s, and since its initial creation, there have been many variations.
It’s a simple drink to make, and the chances are you have everything you need already in your home. You might have to make a run for whiskey, though!
The origins of Irish coffee
You might be wondering if Irish coffee is truly Irish, or if it’s just a name.
And its origins are actually quite interesting!
In the winter of ’43, a chef by the name of Joe Sheridan in Limerick, Ireland found himself at Foynes Airbase.
One evening a flight was delayed, and a plane full of weary, cold passengers were trapped at the airbase. Chef Sheridan decided he would make these people something to lift their spirits.
He created Irish coffee, and ever since that night, it’s been an airport specialty.
And it actually wasn’t brought to the United States until after the second world war, when a travel writer brought it to the attention of a bartender in San Francisco.
Now that you know about Irish coffee’s past, we’re sure you’re itching to make it yourself!
Best Irish Coffee Recipes
The absolute best Irish coffee recipes should be easy to put together and not call for many ingredients.
All you need, dish and equipment-wise, is a mug and a spoon.
The mug should be able to handle heat, and the spoon is for stirring and gently pouring cream.
Once you have your gear ready, you can pick your recipe and get started!
Original Irish coffee
It’s best to start with one of the most simple Irish coffee recipes.
Start by gathering your ingredients. All you need is freshly brewed hot coffee, brown sugar, heavy cream, and whiskey.
Grab a mug and warm the glass by keeping hot water in it. Once it’s warm, empty out the water and pour about a cup of hot coffee into it. You’ll want your mug to be 3/4 full.
Add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the coffee and stir it until it’s fully dissolved.
Now you’re ready to add three tablespoons of whiskey. Once that’s blended in, add the heavy cream on top, creating a collar. You can achieve this by pouring the cream over the back of a spoon.
Now, all there is to do is serve hot and enjoy!
Maple syrup Irish coffee
This next simple recipe is much like the original, with a twist! Instead of brown sugar, you use maple syrup in this.
All you need is Irish whiskey, maple syrup, hot coffee, and whipped cream.
Start by grabbing a mug for your drink. Pour three tablespoons of your whiskey and add a tablespoon or two of maple syrup inside.
Now add just a splash of coffee to the maple syrup and whiskey mixture. Stir everything until the maple syrup dissolves, and then add the rest of your coffee to the mug.
Give it a taste to see if you want more maple syrup or not, and once it’s to your liking, top it off with whipped cream.
After it has whipped cream, you’re ready to serve it!
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Irish coffee with cream liqueur
The next recipe we have for you is a bit stronger than the others. Keep that in mind before indulging!
For this recipe, you’ll need whiskey, freshly brewed coffee, Irish cream liqueur, nutmeg, and whipped cream.
In a mug, combine 1.5 fluid ounces of both Irish cream and Irish whiskey, combining them. Fill your mug with coffee, and top with a tablespoon of whipped cream and some nutmeg.
Serve hot, and enjoy either on your own or with friends!
Virgin Irish coffee
If you want to try Irish coffee but don’t want the alcohol, there’s no need to despair. You can make Irish coffee without alcohol.
You’ll need hot coffee, brown sugar, and heavy whipping cream, like the original recipe. But instead of adding whiskey, you’ll want to use rum extract.
Start with 2/3 cup of hot coffee, adding 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of rum extract.
Mix everything in your mug, and leave it be while you beat your heavy whipping cream in another bowl.
Once you’ve got your whipped cream, pour it over the back of a spoon and into your mug.
You can also sprinkle cocoa powder over the top of the cream if you’d like.
Now you’re ready to serve and enjoy.
Bailey’s whipped cream
If you’re looking for a little extra boozy goodness in your drink, this is just the recipe for you.
This isn’t a recipe for Irish coffee per se, but it is a fantastic whipped topping made just for the cocktail of the hour!
This boozy whipped cream is made with Bailey’s and heavy whipping cream.
Add 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 tablespoon of Bailey’s Irish cream to a chilled bowl. Beat the whipping cream with an electric mixer for a minute or two.
The whipped cream should be frothy and able to be scooped up with ease.
Then all there is to do is add your boozy whipped cream to your Irish coffee and enjoy!
What Should I Serve with Irish Coffee?
Every drink must have a meal to go along with it, right?
But what is there to serve with Irish coffee?
There are a few options for you. Since this is a warm, somewhat sweet cocktail, cookies or chocolate go best with it.
You can serve Irish coffee with a warm chocolate soufflé.
If you’re looking for a cookie, the best cookies to pair with this drink are either shortbread or oatmeal! Oatmeal is the best option if you want to continue with the Irish theme.
You could also make some biscotti or even Russian teacakes.
If you have something with a subtle, mild sweetness that goes well with a morning cup of coffee, it will go wonderfully with a mug of Irish coffee, too.
Other Irish Cocktails
If you’ve tried Irish coffee but found that it wasn’t your cup of tea, there’s no need to fret! There are other Irish cocktails out there for you to try.
These are fantastic if you’re hosting a cocktail night, and can be served with a number of sides.
Some are stronger than others, so mind your tolerance!
And as always, please enjoy responsibly.
First, we have the Drunken Leprechaun!
The ingredients you’ll need are lemon juice, Guinness reduction simple syrup, Jameson Irish whiskey, honey simple syrup, and mint leaves. You’ll want four mint leaves per serving.
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Then take a cocktail shaker and shake up an ounce of lemon juice, three ounces of whiskey, an ounce of your Guinness reduction syrup, and one and a half ounces of honey simple syrup.
Then simply strain it into a coupe cocktail glass and place four mint leaves on top.
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This next drink is similar to a whiskey smash if you’re familiar with that. The biggest difference is that instead of muddling lemon wedges, you muddle cucumber slices.
That brings us to our ingredients! All you need are cucumber slices, St-Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, Irish whiskey, and simple syrup.
Now add 2 ounces of Irish whiskey, 1/2 ounce of St-Germain, 3/4 ounce of lemon juice, and 3/4 ounce of simple syrup. Add ice and shake until the mixture is well-chilled.
Now you can fine-strain the drink into a glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
Another crowd-pleasing drink that doesn’t call for many ingredients is the Irish eyes cocktail.
All you need is Irish whiskey, cream, green crème de menthe, and maraschino cherries.
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Place a maraschino cherry on top, and you’re done!
What to Make with Irish Whiskey
If you have whiskey leftover and aren’t a big fan of Irish coffee, there’s no need to worry about it going to waste.
Whiskey is there to be enjoyed, and it’s always a great idea to have a few different cocktail recipes on hand.
If you’re not one for drinking whiskey straight, these recipes might come in handy. All of these require Irish whiskey, and can be enjoyed any time of year!
Classic whiskey ginger
This first drink is great if you’re not a huge drinker.
For this drink, all you need is Irish whiskey, a lime wedge, and ginger ale.
Grab a glass and something to stir your drink, and then you can get started.
Take an ounce and a half of Irish whiskey and pour it into a glass over some ice. Then add ginger ale to fill the rest of your glass, and add a wedge of lime on top.
Stir the contents of your glass, and then enjoy! It’s really that easy.
Another good, old-fashioned cocktail is a Jameson old-fashioned.
The ingredients for this one are a little more complicated — especially if you don’t make yourself cocktails often.
You’ll need Jameson Irish whiskey, angostura bitters, club soda, a sugar cube, and an orange peel.
Start by muddling together a sugar cube, a splash of club soda, and two dashes of angostura in a rocks glass. Muddle until the sugar has dissolved.
Then simply add as much ice as you’d like, and fill your glass with whiskey.
Garnish your drink with an orange peel, and then enjoy!
Jameson Whiskey sour
A Jameson whiskey sour is another drink that’s relatively easy to make.
All you need is sugar, Irish whiskey, lemon juice, and sparkling water. You can also garnish your drink with a cherry, but that ingredient is optional.
Grab a glass and dissolve a bar spoon of sugar, a splash of sparkling water, and four dashes of lemon juice. Add your whiskey, and fill your glass with ice.
Now, stir your drink and strain it into a sour glass, and garnish with a cherry if you’d like.
And finally, we have Irish Gold, a drink that combines the flavors of orange juice, peach schnapps, and Irish whiskey.
For this recipe, you’ll need whiskey, peach schnapps, orange juice, ginger ale, and a lime wheel. The lime is for garnishing and is completely optional.
Start by taking your whiskey, schnapps, and orange juice in a glass with ice.
Once all of that is combined, top your drink off with ginger ale and garnish with a lime wheel if you’d like.
After that, you’re done! You’re ready to serve and enjoy.
And there’s a bit of hidden beauty to this recipe. While it calls for Irish whiskey, you can use any style of whiskey, and even use bourbon.
Not Your Average Cup of Joe
Now you’ve got some of the best Irish coffee recipes out there right at your fingertips. With all these Irish cocktail recipes available to you, your next St. Patrick’s day will be a blast!
No matter what you’re celebrating, we hope your Irish coffee comes out wonderful, and you enjoy a nice cup and a comfy evening in.
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