Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 2 mins

I recently returned from Ireland, where I was taught how to make 'real' Irish coffee. I haven't seen any recipe exactly like this elsewhere - I definitely didn't know this was how its made - so I thought I'd share. It's yummy, slightly sweet, and perfect for those cold nights in Ireland, especially when made with decaf.


  1. Boil water and fill the glass mug to warm through. Dump out water.
  2. Pour whiskey in glass, add coffee, sugar. Stir to combine.
  3. Shake or vigorously stir heavy cream. Do NOT whip - the idea is to have frothy cream, not whipped stiff peaks. Gently float the cream on top of the coffee.
  4. Optional: sprinkle nutmeg and/or cinammon on top.
Most Helpful

This is so good!! I made it exactly like the recipe and it was perfect. I've also made it and added some Bailey's Irish Cream to the cream before shaking it - a really good twist! Thanks for sharing!

Pam in the Kitchen March 17, 2011

Yum! I couldn't decide between the cinnamon and nutmeg, so I sprinkled both on top of the cream layer. It was delicious. And I liked the addition of the brown sugar, too. Thanks for sharing your recipe, StephaniePB. Made for Spring 2010 Pick-A-Chef.

NorthwestGal April 16, 2010

What a wonderful treat! I sprinkled cinnamon on top of mine- this is a great addition to a great drink. Thanks! Made for PAC Spring 2010.

Shuzbud April 12, 2010