Irish Coffee from the Buena Vista San Francisco

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

The Buena Vista on Fisherman's Wharf serves as many as 2,000 of these famous Irish Coffees each day. It's a great way to warm up on a foggy day by the bay; however, after a few of these, you may be feeling a little foggy yourself. The major difference from other Irish Coffee recipes here is the use of sugar cubes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Fill glass with very hot water to pre-heat, then empty.
  2. Pour hot coffee into hot glass until it is about three-quarters full.
  3. Drop in two cocktail sugar cubes.
  4. Stir until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.
  5. Add full jigger of Irish Whiskey for proper taste and body.
  6. Top with a collar of whipped cream by pouring gently over a spoon.
  7. Enjoy it while piping hot.


Most Helpful

Google Felicity Cloak's guide to the perfect Irish Coffee for a much better write up and recipe...

Tom L. April 05, 2015

Love this Irish Coffee! It's the exact recipe and technique from the BV. I use Bushmill's but the BV uses Tullamore Dew in their Irish Coffee. Thanks, FLKeysJen!

BecR March 09, 2013

I love Irish Coffee and this lovely recipe is no exception. Yum, strong coffee, good whiskey, sugar and the topping glory, whipped cream. It was a perfect treat on a busy afterfoon. So quick and easy to make, it could be really bad, tooo easy to make. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Made for the Fearless Red Dragons - ZWT8 - Great Britian

Baby Kato August 23, 2012

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