Warm Up This Winter with Irish Coffee!

John Laloganes

Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management

Found of the Wine Professional (WP) Program

Irish Coffee is a hot, creamy classic drink and has been a favorite in Irish pubs with a popularity that may rival a great stout. Irish Coffee may not be the first coffee-based drink with alcohol, but this cocktail has become one of the most famous. It combines rich black coffee with Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and lightly whipped cream.


2 teaspoons brown sugar or demerara sugar

4-5 ounces coffee (strong, rich; brewed, hot)

1.5 ounces Irish Whiskey

1-2 ounces heavy cream (lightly whipped)



– Preheat the glass while making the French press coffee

– Place the brown sugar into a warm Irish coffee glass, mug, or other heatproof glass.

– Add the coffee and Irish whiskey, stir until dissolved.

– Float the lightly whipped heavy cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon.

– Garnish with shaved nutmeg.


– Try using a French press or pour-over methods of brewing and freshly ground dark roasted coffee beans.

– Preheat your glass to keep the drink warm longer. While the coffee is brewing, pour hot water into the glass or mug to heat it up. Dump the water before making the drink.

– Choose a great Irish whiskey.

– Use freshly whipped cream. Avoid the pressurized cans of cream or whipped topping. Instead, begin with a little heavy whipping cream and vigorously whip it with a whisk or fork until it is light and fluffy.

– Irish coffee is typically served at night after a meal. It combines after-dinner coffee and cocktails into one delicious drink. If you don’t usually drink caffeine at night, use decaffeinated coffee.

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