Irish Coffee Cocktail

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1 serving
Prep time
5 mins

Irish coffee is a cocktail of warm coffee with a shot of Irish whiskey, topped with fresh cream or whipped cream. The modern version was invented in the 1950’s in Ireland.


  • 170 ml hot coffee
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 45 ml Irish whiskey
  • Sweetened whipped cream.

Sweetened whipped cream

  • 235 ml heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Make the coffee, using your favorite method.
  2. Make the whipped cream recipe.
  3. Add the coffee to a glass or Irish coffee mug, leaving about an inch at the top for cream. Stir in the sugar and whiskey until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Gently float the whipped cream on top using the back of a spoon.

Whipped cream recipe

  1. Place a bowl in the freezer to chill for a few minutes.
  2. Combine the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in the chilled bowl.
  3. With a large whisk, whip the cream by moving the whisk back and forth quickly (try to whisk in a line instead of a circular motion). Whip to your desired thickness is reached. You can use a looser cream for more of a “drizzle”, or a stiffer whipped cream for the traditional Cool Whip style texture.

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