Traditional Irish Coffee

"In 1942, a man named Joe Sheridan invented Irish coffee at his restaurant at Foynes Airport, near today's Shannon Airport. The drink was created to relieve the Irish damp chill for passengers flying to the United States. Stanton Delaplane, a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, tried Irish coffee at Shannon shortly after the war. He enjoyed it so much that he brought the recipe home. The first Irish coffee in the United States was served at Buena Vista Cafe on November 10, 1952. Soon after, more Irish coffee was being consumed in San Francisco than Ireland. This drink might be responsible for single-handedly saving Irish whiskey. Irish coffee consists of coffee, sugar, Irish whiskey, and soft whipped cream. The drink traditionally does not have a maraschino cherry or green creme de menthe on top."
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  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 -5 ounces hot coffee
  • soft whipped cream


  • Place whiskey and sugar in a warm coffee mug. Stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Pour hot coffee into the mug, the layer a dollop of soft whipped cream on top.
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar to your liking. To make soft whipped cream yourself, take heavy cream and whip it just until it thickens. You do not want to whip the cream to the point where it forms peaks. Slainte!

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  1. Marg (CaymanDesigns)
    Using quality Irish whiskey really improves this drink. An excellent hot toddy anytime, but a must for St. Patrick's Day.
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  2. lazyme
    Super yum! So simple and so good. Thanks Jackie. Made for Culinary Quest 2.
  3. Annacia
    I made this last night after dinner with Jamison's 12 year (which I've had for about 12 years!). A rich and mellow coffee that is a real pleasure for slow sipping. This will most certainly will be made again and fairly soon. Made for Culinary Quest 2015.
  4. Baby Kato
    I adore boozy coffees, my little indulgence. This one is so tasty. I used Crown Royal, it is what was in the house and a really bold starbucks French Roasted coffee and a little extra sugar, because I'm not sweet enough. They were incredible together. Nice and warm leaving behind a small glow of happiness. I made this exactly as written, topped with whipped cream it was delicious. Thanks for sharing JackieOhNo!. Made for the Fearless Red Dragons - ZWT8 - Great Britain/Ireland
  5. diner524
    Wonderful warm drink!! This brought back memories of my DH (although then we were dating) and I when we went skiing and took a break and had some of these in the lodge. I made this as written except I used Nutrasweet for sugar. I used DH's Jameson's Irish Whiskey, shhh!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for ZWT8 Pub Challenge.


I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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