A little buzzy, a little boozy, and a whole lot of delicious, Irish Coffee is the ultimate night cap cocktail recipe or brunch drink.

If you want a nightcap to end all other nightcaps, Irish Coffee is the one to make; this recipe is a little buzzy, a little boozy, and a whole lot of delicious. It's the best way to end a fun evening, or even begin a fun day. 
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Irish Coffee Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Ingredients for Irish coffee.

Ingredient notes

  • Irish whiskey: A simple blended Irish whiskey like Jameson or Bushmills works great.
  • Coffee: Use piping-hot, freshly-brewed coffee. Espresso, warmed-up cold brew, French press, pour-over, or even percolator-brewed will do.
  • Sugar: Aim for equal amounts of white and brown sugar; the warm and slightly smoky molasses in the brown sugar complements the whiskey well.
  • Whipped cream: It’s worth the effort (and easy) to make homemade whipped cream. For best results, start with chilled bowl, chilled whisk, and cold heavy cream.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Add 5 ounces of fresh, hot coffee to a glass. Stir in white and brown sugar until dissolved. If you have a clear glass, peek at the bottom to ensure no sugar remains at the bottom of the coffee.
Adding sugar to a cup of coffee.
  1. Add in Irish Whiskey and stir. Top with whipped cream.
If you want a nightcap to end all other nightcaps, Irish Coffee is the one to make; this recipe is a little buzzy, a little boozy, and a whole lot of delicious. It's the best way to end a fun evening, or even begin a fun day. 

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: Each recipe makes 1 drink. Rather than making this punch-style in a big batch, I recommend assembling as many individual glasses of 1-serving Irish Coffees as you need to share with your guest list.
  • Preheat your glasses: The alcohol in the drink can cool things off, so if you have time, preheat the glasses with a splash of hot water (then dump it out) to prime them for the hot coffee.
2 cups of Irish coffee with a bottle of whiskey in the background.

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Irish coffee in a glass with whipped cream on top.

Irish Coffee

A little buzzy, a little boozy, and a whole lot of delicious, Irish Coffee is the ultimate night cap cocktail recipe or brunch drink.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 1 serving
Course Drinks
Cuisine Irish
Calories 138

Ingredients 

  • 5 ounces freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar packed
  • 1.5 ounces Irish whiskey (3 tablespoons or 1 shot)
  • whipped cream for topping

Instructions 

  • To a mug, add 5 ounces coffee. Stir in white and brown sugar until dissolved. Stir in Irish whiskey and top with whipped cream.

Notes

  1. Irish whiskey: A simple blended Irish whiskey like Jameson or Bushmills works great. If you don’t have or don’t enjoy Irish whiskey, try the same base cocktail recipe with bourbon (for a Kentucky Coffee) or Bailey’s (Irish Cream Coffee) in place of the Irish whiskey.
  2. Coffee: Use piping-hot, freshly-brewed coffee. Espresso, warmed-up cold brew, French press, pour-over, or even percolator-brewed will do.
  3. Sugar: Aim for equal amounts of white and brown sugar; the warm and slightly smoky molasses in the brown sugar complements the whiskey well.
  4. Whipped cream: It’s worth the effort (and easy) to make homemade whipped cream. For best results, start with chilled bowl, chilled whisk, and cold heavy cream.
  5. Yield: Each recipe makes 1 drink. Rather than making this punch-style in a big batch, I recommend assembling as many individual glasses of 1-serving Irish Coffees as you need to share with your guest list.
  6. Preheat your glasses: The alcohol in the drink can cool things off, so if you have time, preheat the glasses with a splash of hot water (then dump it out) to prime them for the hot coffee.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drinkCalories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 75mgSugar: 8gCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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