Authentic Irish Coffee

Carolyn Haas


This is a replica of the coffee served at the Shannon Airport in Ireland. It was re-created by the owner of the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco.


★★★★★ 2 votes

15 Min
No-Cook or Other


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3-5 oz
freshly brewed coffee
1 oz
heavy cream
1-2 tsp
1 oz
irish whiskey

How to Make Authentic Irish Coffee


  • 1Use fresh, cold water to make coffee - 2 rounded Tablespoons per 6 oz. cup.
  • 2Fill a 6-8 oz mug with hot water (to warm). In a bowl, whip or broth cream lightly, so it is still pourable.
  • 3Empty water from mug, add hot coffee and sugar, stir to dissolve. Add whiskey, stir. Hold a spoon upside down over mug and slowly pour the cream over the spoon, allowing it to float onto the top of the coffee.
    Do Not stir - drink through the cream.

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About Authentic Irish Coffee

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks
Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: Irish
Collection: St. Patrick's Day

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