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authentic irish coffee

(7 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Carolyn Haas
Whitewater, WI

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.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Yum! We absolutely loved this authentic Irish coffee. It's a strong cup of coffee slightly sweetened with sugar and just a bit of Irish whiskey. The best part is the frothed cream on top. As you drink the hot coffee through the cream, it magically mixes together. It will warm you up on a cold winter day. This is definitely an adult-only coffee.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(7 ratings)
yield 1 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For authentic irish coffee

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

How To Make authentic irish coffee

  • Measuring out the coffee.
    Use fresh, cold water to make coffee - 2 rounded tablespoons per 6 oz. cup (makes a very strong coffee).
  • Mug filled with warm water.
    Fill a 6-8 oz mug with hot water (to warm).
  • Frothing cream.
    In a bowl, whip or froth cream lightly, so it is still pourable.
  • Hot coffee and sugar added to the warmed mug.
    Empty water from mug. Add hot coffee and sugar; stir to dissolve.
  • Pouring in the whiskey.
    Add whiskey; stir.
  • Floating the cream on the coffee.
    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.
  • Drinking Irish coffee through the cream.
    Do not stir - drink through the cream.