Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee cocktail

Irish coffee is a hot drink consisting of coffee, whiskey, and cream. It became popular in the United States during the 1940s. The drink was first served at Shannon Airport in 1945 as a way to warm up passengers during the cold winter months.

To make the drink, combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled Irish coffee glass. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Spirits Used


1½ ounces Irish whiskey
1 ounce brown sugar simple syrup (equal parts brown sugar and water simmered until the sugar dissolves)
4 ounces freshly brewed hot coffee
¾ ounce heavy cream (unsweetened), lightly whipped


1. In a coffee mug, combine the whiskey and brown sugar syrup. Stir.
2. Add the coffee and stir.
3. Top with the cream.

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