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How to Make an Irish Coffee

After dinner, after hours, or even after a long St. Patrick's Day, Irish coffee is the one delicious pick-me-up you won't find at your local coffeehouse.


  • Step 1: Warm glass or mug Run hot water slowly over the glass or mug until it’s at room temperature, or warmer, and dry it.
  • : Pouring hot coffee into a cold glass could cause the glass to crack.
  • Step 2: Add brown sugar Add brown sugar.
  • Step 3: Pour whiskey & coffee Pour in the whiskey and hot coffee, leaving a bit of room at the top for whipped cream.
  • TIP: For a cold version of this, chill sweetened coffee before adding the whiskey, or freeze some in an ice cube tray.
  • Step 4: Stir well Stir well, until the sugar to dissolves completely.
  • Step 5: Add whipped cream Squirt or spoon a dollop of whipped cream so it simply sets on top of the drink.
  • Step 6: Do not stir Do not stir—not only does the hot drink taste better sipped through the cream, it stays warmer longer with the cream on top.
  • FACT: The drink Irish Coffee was devised in 1942 at an exclusive Irish airport to welcome American VIPs like Humphrey Bogart and Eleanor Roosevelt.

You Will Need

  • 1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 6 oz. hot coffee
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • Whipped cream
  • A stemmed glass coffee mug or a regular coffee mug
  • A spoon
  • A measuring jigger

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