Irish coffee cocktail

Irish Coffee cocktail
The Irish coffee cocktail is a creamy drink made from Irish whiskey, black coffee, whipped cream and brown sugar. It is one of the official cocktails of the International Bartenders Association (IBA), in the category "Contemporary classics".
The Irish coffee was created by chef Joe Sheridan in 1942 who was running a restaurant outside of Limerick in Ireland and wanted to add a little local charm to the establishment’s coffee.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • Irish coffee mug


  • 30 ml Irish whiskey
  • 60 ml coffee (freshly brewed, hot)
  • 1-2 tsp brown sugar (to taste)
  • lightly whipped cream (to top)


  • Pre-warm the Irish Coffee mug by filling it with hot water. Discard the water after 2 min.
  • Add the whiskey and sugar to the pre-warmed mug, fill with the coffee, and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Top the mug with the whipped cream.


Is Irish coffee bad for you?

Unfortunately, the Irish Coffee cocktail combines two chemicals with contrasting effects on the body; caffeine and alcohol – mixing both is not very healthy, so this drink should be enjoyable responsibly and in moderation.

Alex Levin said: “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.”

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.