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Irish Coffee Recipe

A nice ending to a great meal, or to 'get-this-party-started' at your next St. Patrick's Day celebration!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: coffee, drinks
Servings: 2 Irish Coffee
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Tricia


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, more or less to taste
  • 16 ounces strong brewed coffee, hot
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey, more or less to taste
  • ¼ cup whipping cream, whipped to soft pourable peaks


  • Divide the brown sugar between two clear mugs. Add hot coffee and stir to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the Irish whiskey and taste.
  • Whip the cream to soft durable peaks. Invert a spoon over the coffee with the tip touching the side of the mug and top of the coffee. Gently pour the cream over the back of the spoon so that it rests on top of the coffee. Serve immediately garnished with a dusting of cocoa powder if desired. Do not stir but sip the coffee through the cream.


  • You need enough sugar in the coffee to support the weight of the cream, otherwise it will sink to the bottom of the mug. It’s still delicious but not as pretty!
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. When multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 150mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg