Irish coffee is undoubtedly a beverage famous the world over! The genius combination of strong black coffee, cream and Irish Whiskey can be enjoyed iced in the summer months when we crave cooling refreshing drinks. As for the history of this most famous Irish brew, it may surprise you to know that Irish coffee is a relatively new tradition in Irish terms, created in 1943 by barman Joe Sheridan. The drink was first served to transatlantic passengers arriving on boats from the USA to Foynes in Co. Limerick, and it did not take long for the recipe to spread all over the island. The drink became even more famous in 1952 when a journalist from San Francisco visited Ireland and brought the recipe back home, passing it on to Jack Koeppler, owner of the Buena Vista. The drink was a huge hit, and the rest is history.

This boozy version has Irish Cream liquor and Irish Whiskey. There are different varieties of Irish iced coffee from creamy to sugary, and they all have their own appeal. Here it is:

  • (for the Irish coffee)
  • 6 oz. coffee cold brewed coffee
  • 2 oz Irish Cream liquor
  • 1 oz Irish whiskey
  • Ice
  • (for the Irish Cream topping)
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Granulated sugar (to taste)
  • Dash of Irish Cream
  • Dark chocolate (shaved)

How to make it

  1. Brew fresh coffee and set it aside to cool in the refrigerator.
  2. Whip the fresh cream, sugar and Irish Cream together for the topping and set aside.
  3. Fill a glass half full of ice.
  4. Gently swirl together the Irish Cream liquor and the Irish whiskey in a shaker with ice.  Pour over the prepared chilled glass.  Finally pour over the coffee and stir.
  5. Top with Irish Cream, chocolate shavings and serve with a straw.


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