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Irish Coffee

The Irish coffee was created in the 1940s by a chef in a small Irish town. The drink is a mixture of hot coffee, sugar, and Irish whiskey. It is the perfect drink for not only St. Patrick’s Day, but for any cold night. Watch our techniques video on how to make Irish coffee and float cream >
Irish Coffee recipe by The Culinary Institute of America



Makes 1 cup

  • Warm water, as needed
  • 8 ounces fresh, hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of fresh, lightly whipped cream


  1. Pour warm water into a heat-proof coffee glass and let it sit for 60 seconds.
  2. Pour out the water and add the sugar, Irish whiskey, and coffee. Stir to dissolve the sugar, about 10 seconds.
  3. Pour the lightly whipped cream on the back side of a spoon into the coffee.
  4. Serve immediately.

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