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A Twist on the Classic Irish Coffee

Mar 08, 2022

A Twist on the Classic Irish Coffee


With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we’re providing you with a few adult worthy coffee beverages to celebrate with!


Let’s start with the classic Irish Coffee. Irish Coffee originated in, you guessed it, Ireland! It was created by Chef Joe Sheridan during the 1940s in Foynes Port for a group of passengers when their flight was delayed. His concoction was so delicious that Irish coffee quickly took off and became a popular drink in airports.  The recipe made its way to the US in the 1950s when it was introduced to a bar tender, Jack Koeppler, at the Buena Vista Hotel in San Francisco. After he was able to recreate the recipe, Irish Coffee soon stormed the US.


While Irish coffee is a simple recipe, it’s important to use quality ingredients to accentuate the flavor.  Since the main ingredient is coffee, it’s important to choose a quality coffee with strong flavor. Here at Real Good Coffee, we know good coffee and we suggest a dark roast, like our French Roast. This will give your Irish coffee a smoother, more dynamic flavor. As for the other main ingredient, we suggest a classic Irish Whiskey like Jameson.


Today, the classic recipe is still popular, but there are many renditions and ways to get creative with your own recipe. If you aren’t a whiskey fan, don’t fret. You can replace the whiskey with an alternative like Bailey’s, Kahlua, or even RumChata. Follow along below for the classic recipe and some other renditions to enjoy!

Classic Irish Coffee





6 ounces strong coffee (we suggest our French Roast)

1 ½ ounces Irish Whiskey

2 Tsp brown sugar

1 ounce whipped heavy cream



  1. Heat your mug first by pouring hot water into the mug and allowing it to sit for a few minutes before pouring it out.
  2. Add the brown sugar & hot coffee to the warm mug. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Next add the Irish Whiskey and stir.
  4. Add your whipped heavy cream by slowly pouring it over the back of a spoon to float it on top of the coffee.
  5. Do not stir, enjoy the coffee through the cream for the authentic Irish Coffee!



For more of a creamy coffee flavor, incorporate 1 ounce of Baileys into the Classic Irish coffee recipe above. If you are not a whiskey fan, you can simply omit the whiskey and replace it with an alternative, like Bailey’s, Kahlua, or RumChata.

Also try adding some chocolate shavings or sprinkles on top of the whipped heavy cream for even more of a treat!

Now that you have the basics down, let’s kick it up a notch. Replace the boring heavy whipping cream with some boozy Bailey’s Whipped Cream.


Bailey’s Whipped Cream














1 cup heavy whipping cream

2-3 Tbsn powdered sugar

1.5 ounces Bailey’s

Chocolate sprinkles (optional)



  1. Add the heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar to a bowl and whip until soft peaks form.
  2. Add in the Bailey’s Irish Cream and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. Use right away and sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles or refrigerate the whipped cream until ready to use.


Irish Coffee Without Whiskey

If you are not a whiskey fan or you are simply looking for a second delicious coffee beverage to try this Saint Patrick’s Day, this is the recipe for you! We used Butterscotch Schnapps in ours for more of deep rich, caramel flavored coffee. Of course, you can replace the butterscotch schnapps with Kahlua if you do not enjoy butterscotch flavor.














6 ounces strong coffee

1 ½ ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream

1 ½ ounces of Butterscotch Schnapps (Or Kahlua Coffee Liquor)

1 ounce whipped cream

Caramel Drizzle (optional)



  1. Add your freshly brewed coffee to a warm mug and add in your Bailey’s & Butterscotch Schnapps (or Kahlua). Mix until combined.
  2. Top it with some whipped cream (store bought or homemade works) & drizzle with caramel sauce. Enjoy the coffee while its warm.


We hope you enjoy celebrating safely with these fun coffee-based drinks! If you’re a coffee lover like us, head over to Real Good Coffee Co. to find quality coffee beans and more!