Irish Coffee is a warm cocktail any Leprechaun (or human) of legal drinking age would love to cozy up with. Enjoy this cocktail after dinner with a few sweet treats. It would also be perfect with a festive brunch this Saint Patrick’s Day, or any holiday for that matter!

Irish Coffee Cocktail Recipe |

What is Irish Coffee, you ask? Is it green? Does it taste like Guinness? Nope. Irish Coffee is warm and cozy cocktail made with coffee and your favorite Irish Whiskey. More specifically, it is a slightly sweetened black coffee with a splash of whiskey topped with fresh whipped cream, which makes Irish Coffee the perfect after dinner beverage to enjoy with dessert. Perhaps a mug or two après ski? Not to mention a few for a nice holiday brunch. However, you don’t have to be Irish to cozy up to a cup of this warm cocktail.

Furthermore, Irish Coffee is simple enough to make and even easier to drink (if you are legal drinking age, of course). When preparing this warm cocktail, the idea is to carefully float the heavy cream (or fresh whipped cream) on top of the hot coffee. Then, you can sip the coffee through the cream. Additionally, whipped cream is super simple to make and makes all the difference in this cocktail, along with various desserts and your various sweet treat toppings. Also, you can quickly whip the cream a day ahead of time and a add a little vanilla or cinnamon to be ready.

Irish Coffee Cocktail Recipe |

This classic Irish Coffee cocktail is a delicious and an excellent beverage to enjoy with a simple dessert like pound cake, buttery shortbread, or coffee cake, just to name a few.

Lastly, here are a few desserts to enjoy with your coffee cocktail:

Irish Coffee Cocktail Recipe

Irish Coffee Cocktail Recipe |

Irish Coffee Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Irish Coffee is a slightly sweetened black coffee with a wee bit of whiskey topped with heavy cream, which makes it the perfect after dinner beverage to enjoy with dessert.


  • 4 ounces hot black coffee
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar (if needed, granulated sugar or coconut sugar may be substituted)
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish Whiskey
  • fresh heavy cream or whipped cream 


  1. Combine coffee, sugar, whiskey. Gently pour enough cream over the back of a spoon to fill the glass. Or, if whipped cream is preferred, add a dollop (or two) of fresh whipped cream.


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Originally published March 12, 2015.