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This super easy Irish coffee is a classic cocktail you are sure to love. If you are a caffeine fiend and want a little punch of alcohol in your drink, this is one you have to try.
What is a Irish Coffee?
An Irish coffee is a combination of hot freshly brewed coffee, Irish whiskey, cream and sugar. The resulting taste of this drink is a decadent sweet and creamy coffee that has a bite from the Irish whiskey.
This drink is called an Irish coffee for two reasons. First, it was made in Ireland originally. Secondly, it is a combination of Irish whiskey and coffee.
Irish whiskey is a type of whiskey that is made in Ireland. It is typically made from barley. It is a very light incredibly smooth liquor that typically has hints of fruit and vanilla. We prefer to use Jameson Irish whiskey. However, there are a multitude of different brands you can choose from.
When choosing a coffee for this drink, it’s best to use a strong high quality coffee. However, choose one that is unflavored. You can use any type of brewing method you prefer.
When to Make This Drink:
This super simple classic cocktail can be served at a variety of different times including:
- mid-afternoon drinks
- after dinner drinks
- Winter get togethers
- holiday parties
Though this is considered a classic cocktail, there are a couple ways that you can change this one up including:
- Use brown sugar. Often times regular white sugar is used in this drink. However, some recipes call for brown sugar which in parts a little more of a caramelized sweetness.
- Use whipped cream. Though we chose to float the heavy cream on top of this cocktail. You can use whipped cream instead of heavy cream or an addition to it.
- Use decaf coffee. Typically regular coffee is used in this drink, however you can get the same taste with decaf coffee if you aren’t a caffeine drinker.
- Change up the brewing method. Try out and espresso or a French press coffee for example if you want to change up the strength of the coffee and the brewing method.
How to make this drink:
With four simple ingredients you can have this one stirred together and under 5 minutes. Simply add everything to your mug and make sure they’re well combined.
- 1.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 4 – 5 oz Coffee
- 1 oz heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
Gather all of the necessary items for this drink including hot freshly brewed coffee, Jameson’s Irish whiskey, sugar, heavy cream, bar spoon, jigger and coffee mug.
To ensure that your drink stays warm after it is poured, add some hot water to your coffee mug as you get your coffee and other items prepared. Then, pour the hot water out as you get started making the drink.
Grab your Jameson and measure out 1.5 oz using the jigger. Toss the Jameson directly into your coffee mug.
Grab the sugar. Measure out one teaspoon and add it into the coffee mug with the Irish whiskey.
Grab your coffee. Measure out 4 – 5 ounces with a jigger. Add it to the mug as well.
Pro tip: if you want to skip measuring the coffee you can. Simply pour it directly into the mug, but make sure to leave a little room for the cream.
Make sure that the sugar, coffee and whiskey are well mixed. Place your bar spoon in your drink and give a couple stirs.
Take your heavy cream and jigger. Measure out 1 oz of heavy cream.
Place your bar spoon upside down in the glass just above the liquid. Slowly pour the heavy cream over the back of the bar spoon so that it sits towards the top of your coffee.
- bar spoon
- Rocks glass
- 1.5 oz Irish Whiskey
- 4 – 5 oz Hot Coffee
- 1 oz Heavy Cream
- 1 teaspoon Sugar
- Use you favorite brewing method to whip up a pot of coffee.
- Measure out 1.5 oz of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Pour that into the glass. 4 – 5 oz Coffee1 oz heavy cream1 teaspoon of sugar
- Measure out 4 – 5 oz of coffee. Pour that into the glass.pro tip: if you want to simply pour the coffee straight into the glass, you can do that also, leave a few inches for the heavy cream to be added.
- Measure 1 teaspoon of sugar and add that to the glass.
- Take the bar spoon and stir the drink.
- Measure out 1 oz of heavy cream with the jigger.
- Take the bar spoon and turn it upside down in the glass just above the liquid line.
- Slowly pour the heavy cream over the back of the bar soon into the glass so that it sits on top of the drink.