Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee is a classic cocktail made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, topped with a layer of cream. It's a great way to warm up on a cold winter night. The sweetness of the sugar and the smoothness of the whiskey combine to create a unique flavor that is sure to please. The cream adds a rich, velvety texture that takes this cocktail to the next level. Whether you're looking for a nightcap or a way to start your day, Irish Coffee is sure to hit the spot.

Irish Coffee

The origin of the Irish Coffee cocktail is often credited to a man named Joe Sheridan, who was working as a chef at the Shannon Airport in Ireland in the 1940s. However, the exact details and the true creator of this famous cocktail are still debated.

According to one story, a group of American passengers arrived late at night due to bad weather and were cold and tired. Joe Sheridan decided to concoct a special drink to warm them up. He brewed strong black coffee, added a generous amount of Irish whiskey, a spoonful of brown sugar, and topped it with lightly whipped cream. The passengers loved the drink and asked Joe if it was Brazilian coffee. With a twinkle in his eye, he replied, "No, it's Irish coffee."

Another version of the story claims that the Irish Coffee was actually created in San Francisco by a bartender named Jack Koeppler. It is said that he was inspired by a drink served in Shannon Airport and decided to recreate it at his bar in 1952. He supposedly collaborated with a travel writer named Stanton Delaplane, and together they perfected the recipe.

Regardless of its true origin, the Irish Coffee gained popularity over the years and became associated with Ireland's warm hospitality. It is now enjoyed worldwide and has become a staple in many bars and restaurants around the globe.

Some variations of the Irish Coffee include adding a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon on top of the whipped cream or using different types of Irish whiskey. The basic elements of the cocktail, however, remain the same: strong coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and topped with whipped cream.

Difficulty: Beginner



  1. 1. Select a heat-proof glass and pre-warm by filling with very hot water and leave to stand.
  2. 2. Separately prepare cream by lightly warming and whipping or shaking (we recommend using a Aeroccino by Nespresso to whip your cream).
  3. 3. Empty the now warmed glass.


  1. Choose quality ingredients: Use freshly brewed hot coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and freshly whipped cream.
  2. Brew the perfect coffee: Ensure your coffee is strong and hot. Use a high-quality coffee blend for the best flavor.
  3. Select the right whiskey: Opt for a good Irish whiskey such as Jameson or Bushmills, as its smoothness complements the coffee well.
  4. Use brown sugar: Brown sugar adds a rich, caramel flavor to your Irish Coffee. It blends beautifully with the whiskey and coffee.
  5. Whip your own cream: Freshly whipped cream is a must. Use heavy cream and lightly whip it, so it still holds its shape but is creamy enough to float on top of the coffee.
  6. Adjust sweetness and strength: Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar and whiskey to suit your taste. Some might prefer a sweeter or stronger drink.
  7. Preheat your glass: Warm your glass before pouring the coffee to maintain the drink's temperature as you enjoy it.
  8. Garnish with spices: Optionally, sprinkle some cinnamon or nutmeg on top of the whipped cream to add a subtle, aromatic touch.
  9. Serve immediately: Irish Coffee is best served immediately after preparation while the coffee is still hot and the cream is lusciously floating on top.
  10. Enjoy responsibly: While Irish Coffee is a delightful treat, remember to consume alcohol responsibly and in moderation.
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