Traditional Irish coffee

Traditional Irish coffee
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Recipe for traditional Irish Coffee. Chef Joe Sheridan, of Foyne's Restaurant in County Clare, is credited with inventing Irish Coffee in the 1940s. Use these instructions to enjoy this classic cocktail at home.


  • Original Version:
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish Mist liqueur
  • whipped cream for garnish
  • Modern Version:
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 ounces Irish Whiskey
  • 3 sugar cubes
  • whipped cream for garnish


  1. In order to make this recipe properly the whiskey has to be heated to a high temperature. Pour the coffee in a cup with the desired number of sugar cubes. Then use a spoon turned upside down and pour the HOT whiskey over it so it flows down gently. Top it all with the whipped cream. See photos below for the process.
  2. When served, true Irish coffee always has three distinct layers. When served, you first use a straw and sip (a very small amount as it is HOT) a little of the whiskey. Then stir all the ingredients together.
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