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How to make the perfect Irish Coffee

, by Irish House


It doesn't get more Irish than enjoying an Irish coffee. 

As part of the Triona Design experience that takes place at our Donegal Tweed Visitor Center in Ardara, Co. Donegal, each guest receives one of these popular Irish drinks to savor whilst they listen and watch our tour.

For a lot of our visitors, it is their first time tasting an Irish Coffee,and they want to know about where it came from and more importantly, how's it made. 

We have included an Irish Coffee recipe below for you to enjoy, it should take less than 10 minutes to make and the portions are for 2 people, so a perfect excuse to invite a friend around.

For your Irish Coffee, you will need:

  • 25ml/1fl oz  Irish whiskey (naturally),
  • 1 tsp  brown raw cane sugar,  
  • 1 tablespoon of whipped cream (preferably fresh),  
  • 1 small hot coffee 


  1. Warm the glass with some hot water 
  2. Add the whiskey
  3. Add the sugar and stir well
  4. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the coffee and stir well
  5. For the final touch, add the whipped fresh cream. 
  6. You want to make sure that the cream floats on top, sounds easy but this can be the trickiest part. Carefully pour the cream over the back of a spoon initially holding just above the surface of the coffee whilst slowly raising a little as you pour


Given it's international status, you would expect the Irish Coffee to have a glamorous history however, this favorite Irish cocktail, has very simple beginnings. 

During the 1940's on the West coast of Ireland, Foynes Port situated in County Limerick was a bustling airport with a high volume of transatlantic flying boats stopping to refuel between America and Europe.

Given the wild nature of an Irish winter, the story goes, that on one particularly stormy night, a plane traveling to America, needed to make a crash landing at Foynes as it was becoming too perilous to continue with their journey.

The then chef of the Foynes restaurant, Joe Sheridan, in an effort to warm up the returning passengers as well as no doubt calm their nerves after a bumpy plane ride, rustled up a coffee with cream and a splash of Irish whiskey. 

Not only did it work but his creation simply names as an Irish Coffee soon made it's away across the Atlantic where it became a firm favorite with celebrities, politicians and just about anyone who ordered it

Marilyn Monroe sips an Irish Coffee

Seventy years on, the Irish Coffee continues to delight taste-buds all across the world. 

The Irish Coffee is perfect as an after dinner drink or as a warm treat during these cold winter months.

For variations of this recipe, we recommend you visit Good Food Ireland 


Irish Coffee History