Irish Coffee

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Irish Coffee

Irish coffee made with coffee, sugar (preferrably brown), whipped cream, and whiskey.


  • 2 teaspoons sugar, or to taste
  • 2/3 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2ozs (1 Shot or 2 tablespoons) Irish whiskey
  • Whipped cream


  1. Heat the glass.
    (Place teaspoon in glass, add boiling water.  The teaspoon will prevent the glass from cracking.  Swirl for a few minutes and then discard the water.)
  2. Add the coffee and sugar.
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved add the whiskey
  4. Stir, and over the gently turning coffee, pour the cream over the back of a spoon held just above the coffee.

The cream should not mix with the coffee, just form a cream head.

Hey!  Isn’t that just like a small glass of Guinness?


I have seen many videos and instructions on making the “Perfect Irish Coffee” which all demonstrate Sugar first, Whiskey second and then coffee.   I actually saw one that showed whiskey and cream first.

Just to say, no self respecting bar-person puts the most expensive ingredient in first, and here’s why.

If you mess up it is very expensive 🙂

Adding the Whiskey before the coffee makes it harder for the sugar to dissolve as the temperature needed to dissolve it is lowered by the cool whiskey.

Secondly, pouring boiling coffee on top of the whiskey causes the alcohol in the whiskey to evaporate.   Alcohol evaporates at 79 degrees Celsius – boiling coffee is a bit hotter then that!