Cocktail Recipe: Irish Coffee

If you can’t decide on a night cap, why not have an Irish coffee? It’s the best of both worlds – a warm drink for cold winter nights and a soothing beverage when you’ve had quite the day. Put on some whipped cream and it’s turned into a treat!

The Irish coffee is named so because it was created by the airport chef, Joe Sheridan in 1943, for passengers of a flight that was rerouted back to his airport near Limerick in Ireland. Those that tasted the drink were both delighted and relaxed by its combination and asked if the cocktail was a Brazilian coffee; to which Sheridan replied “It’s an Irish coffee”… and the rest is history as they say.

  • 180 ml freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 45 ml Irish whiskey
  • 1-2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Heavy cream, lightly whipped

Step 1:

Pre-heat a glass or mug (heatproof) by pouring boiling water into it for a few seconds and then emptying off the water. Place 1-2 teaspoons of sugar into the glass/ mug and add 180 ml of freshly brewed coffee.

Step 2:

Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add 45 ml of Irish whiskey. Stir well.

Step 3:

Pour lightly whipped cream over the back of a spoon, so that it floats on the surface of the coffee.
Serve immediately.


Just because the cocktail is an Irish one, doesn’t mean it’s only for St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, you may find yourself enjoying this warm, fulfilling cocktail every night (or day!).