There’s nothing more luxurious than an after-dinner Irish coffee. Creamy, caffeinated, and full of Irish charm, it is a perfect example of how coffee and alcohol can come together to make a fantastic cocktail.
Created by chef Joe Sheridan in 1942, authentic Irish coffee is more than just spiking coffee with a shot of whiskey. Here’s how to make it!
- 1 to 2 teaspoons
brown sugar (to taste)
- 4 oz coffee (A stronger coffee blend would work well in an Irish coffee. Head here to see what we currently have on offer)
- 1 1/2 oz
- 1 oz heavy cream (lightly whipped)
- Preheat your heat-safe glass. When the coffee is brewing, pour hot water into it, and then discard before creating the drink.
- Pour the whiskey and brown sugar into a glass. Pour in a splash of the coffee and stir with a spoon until the brown sugar dissolves into the coffee.
- Pour in the rest of the coffee. Taste, and stir in additional brown sugar if you would like a sweeter drink.
- Float the lightly whipped heavy cream on top by slowly pouring it over the back of a spoon.
- Do not stir. Instead, drink the Irish coffee through the cream. Enjoy!
- Add a garnish. Sprinkle the top with a pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg. If you’re feeling really fancy, you can try finely grated fresh nutmeg or chocolate shavings on top
- Choose decaf coffee. If you’re worried about the coffee keeping you up, you can switch out the coffee for decaf. Head here to see what we currently have in stock.
- Serve it on ice. Pour cold brew coffee or double-strength brewed coffee over a cup filled with ice. Add a splash of half and half and skip the whipped cream.
Here’s a short video of the method:
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