Irish Coffee is a quick and easy hot cocktail recipe that is perfect for the fall and winter months when you want to warm up. It only needs four basic ingredients, including coffee, brown sugar, Irish Whiskey and whipped cream, and everyone will love them! It’s perfect for enjoying after dinner. If you need a cocktail for your next dinner party this is the perfect one for you!
The BEST Irish Coffee!
Is there anything more cozy on a cold night than a warm drink? When we have friends over for dinner during the fall and winter it’s so fun to make some spiked hot drinks like an Irish Coffee. Before dinner, we might serve up some Winter Sangria but after dinner, it’s always nice to have a hot coffee drink and our friends love it when we make these Irish Coffees. For the kiddos, we make a batch of Slow Cooker Caramel Hot Chocolate and the adults get their own special treat: sweetened coffee spiked with Irish whiskey and topped with whipped cream.
Warm Up with Irish Coffee
It’s always nice to have some coffee to serve after dinner, but instead of just plain coffee with some cream and sugar on the side, it’s so fun to make some Irish Coffee drinks. It’s like next-level coffee that’s a little fancier and, of course, spiked with a hit of whiskey. Serve the coffee drinks up with some cookies, like my Snowflake Snickerdoodles, for a cold-weather dinner party dessert that everyone will love!
They might look complicated, but Irish Coffee drinks are actually pretty easy to make and they always get rave reviews when we make them. They’re delicious, but I love the way they look, too! You guys know me, I love a pretty drink! Just looking at these drinks makes me think of a cozy night in with friends when it’s cold and snowy outside.
Is it hard to make Irish Coffee?
The best part is you don’t need a fancy coffee maker to serve up some fancy Irish Coffee drinks! All you need is a few simple ingredients, although if you don’t have some cute glass coffee mugs it might be worth getting a set. You can, of course, use regular coffee mugs but the clear ones just look so great!
Irish Coffee Ingredients
This is a brief overview of the recipe so continue scrolling down to the recipe box for the full recipe!
- strong brewed coffee
- brown sugar
- Irish whiskey
- whipped cream
- cinnamon, for garnish
How to Make Irish Coffee
Make Coffee – Put the brown sugar in the bottom of the mug and pour the hot coffee over the top. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
Add Whiskey – Pour the whiskey into the coffee and stir
Top the Coffee – Spoon the whipped cream on top of the coffee and sprinkle cinnamon over the top to garnish.
You can, of course, adjust the amount of whiskey in the Irish Coffee depending on your guests’ tastes because these coffee drinks definitely pack a bit of a boozy punch!
So easy! Only three steps and you are enjoying your favorite Irish Coffee!
What is an Irish Coffee?
An Irish Coffee is a hot drink made with coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and whipped cream. After you combine the coffee, sugar and whiskey add the whipped so it sits on top. Instead of stirring the cream into the coffee you drink the spiked coffee through the cream. The hot coffee and whiskey with the cold and creamy whipped cream is a great combination!
Should I serve Irish Coffee in a Mug or Glass?
Part of the appeal of an Irish Coffee is serving it in a glass mug so you can see the coffee and whipped cream layers. You can serve your Irish Coffee in a glass, but you need to make sure it’s heatproof. Pouring hot coffee into a regular glass could shatter it, so you can’t just use any old glass in your cabinet. You can, of course, use a regular (non-glass) coffee mug to serve an Irish coffee, too.
How do I make Whipped Cream for Irish Coffee?
For the whipped cream, you want to whip the cream just long enough for it to thicken. You don’t want it too thick otherwise it will be to thick to pour over the coffee and it might sink into the coffee instead of floating on top. You don’t need to add anything to the cream, just whip it until it thickens to the point where you can still pour it.
Irish Coffee Variations
A traditional Irish Coffee is made with Irish whiskey, but you can also use Baileys which is an Irish whiskey and cream liqueur.
Cold and chilly nights, hot Irish Coffees, and good friends to share them with – What could be better? I know you’re going to love these coffee drinks!
More warm beverage recipes!
More Cocktails with an Irish twist!
- Irish Car Bomb
- How to Make Green Beer
- Irish Mule
- Slow Cooker Baileys Irish Cream Hot Chocolate
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Irish Coffee Recipe
- 1 c. strong freshly brewed coffee
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 ½ oz Irish Whiskey
- whipped cream
- Cinnamon optional
- Put brown sugar into mug then add in hot coffee until mug is about 3/4 full. Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Add in Whiskey. Stir.
- Top with whipped cream. Garnish with cinnamon to top.