irish coffee

Quick and simple Irish coffee recipe

The most famous Irish cocktail is arguably the easiest, simply coffee, sugar, whipped cream, and of course Irish whiskey.

Legend has it that it was invented at Foynes Airbase / Shannon Airport and drink enough of these and you’ll be flying! Or just drink one to warm yourself up after a cold afternoon walk if you want the hit of caffeine with some extra oomph. There’s no need for any special equipment, not even the usual Irish coffee cups that are seen in restaurants (although they do look nice).


irish coffee

irish coffee

How to make the best Irish Coffee

1) Brew your favourite coffee
If you are going to enjoy this, you’ll prefer a good quality coffee.  Spoil yourself with your favourite grind.
2) Add Irish whiskey to a mug
We used Tullamore Dew
3) Sweeten with some sugar
Even if you don’t normally like sugar in your coffee, the sugar with offset the bitterness of the whiskey.
4) Top with whipped cream
Whip some real double cream here, none of that aerosol ‘schooshy’ stuff.

Learn how to make the best Irish coffee.  This recipe makes enough for an espresso shot of Irish coffee tastiness.  If making it in a full mug, use more.

Ingredients

Double Espresso (or 3/4 of a mug of brewed coffee if making a larger cup)
1 tablespoon of whiskey (3 tablespoons if making a larger cup)
Sugar to taste
Whipped Cream
Nutmeg

Method

Pour the whiskey and sugar into a mug.
Pour in a little of the coffee and stir with a spoon until the sugar dissolves into the coffee.
Pour in the rest of the coffee.
Top with whipped cream.
Add some grated nutmeg if you wish.

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irish coffee

Irish Coffee

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Ingredients
  

  • Double Espresso or 3/4 of a mug of brewed coffee if making a larger cup
  • 1 tablespoon of whiskey 3 tablespoons if making a larger cup
  • Sugar to taste
  • Whipped Cream
  • nutmeg, grated

Instructions
 

  • Pour the whiskey and sugar into a mug.
  • Pour in a little of the coffee and stir with a spoon until the sugar dissolves into the coffee.
  • Pour in the rest of the coffee.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Add some grated nutmeg if you want.
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Emma

Emma

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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