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Real Good Recipe: Irish Coffee

Jul 01, 2019

When a weary group of American travelers collapsed into seats at Foynes Ireland (Shannon International Airport) the head chef decided to spruce up their coffee. He served coffee with a bit of Irish whiskey and amazed his guests with the perfect drink on a dreary day. Irish Coffee was born.

This cold weather warmer combines the best of coffee and Irish whiskey for a delightful treat. Though some recipes call for additives and flavorings, true Irish Coffee is made with only four key ingredients. A dark roasted coffee such as our French Roast, brown sugar, heavy cream, and Irish whiskey - that’s it.

For those who don’t want to add whiskey, just leave it out - the taste and flavor will remain glorious.

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  • Six to eight ounces of coffee - we prefer our French Roast for the strength and flavor.

  • Two tablespoons of brown sugar - brown sugar compliments the flavors of this beverage.

  • Two tablespoons of Irish whiskey - optional, but really, do you want to skip this step?

  • One cup of fresh heavy cream - we highly recommend whipping your own cream since store bought whipping creams are too ‘fluffy’ for this recipe.


  1. Place a mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer for 30 minutes. Cold utensils make whipping heavy cream easier and more consistent.

  1. After 30 minutes remove the utensils from the freezer. Brew your coffee.

  1. As the coffee brews, take the mixing bowl and add your desired amount of whipping cream. Place a dollop of sugar on top and begin to whip. Aim for the consistency of custard.

  1. Place the brown sugar in the bottom of an Irish Coffee Glass or, if you do not have one, in your favorite mug.

  1. Add the whiskey.

  1. Brew your coffee and pour it over the whiskey and sugar. Swish it around in the cup gently to mix.

  1. Take a spoon and turn it upside down. Carefully pour the cream over the top of the spoon and into the glass (get as close to the coffee as you can without dipping the spoon in). Slowly lift the spoon while continuing to pour until the desired amount of heavy cream is floating atop your drink. Do not stir! The cream should sit on top of the coffee/whiskey/sugar mixture, even while drinking.

Take a sip and enjoy the wonderful blend of hot coffee and cold cream. The sensation of bliss dominating your palate is a result of our bold French Roast coffee rolling over your tongue combined with the velvety cream. Your taste buds will thank you.

If you love Irish Coffee as much as we do, tell us about your favorite recipe in the comments below!


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