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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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 138kcal


  • 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


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


  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.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 75mg | Sugar: 8g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg