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Authentic Irish Coffee

A delicious and warm Authentic Irish Coffee made with whiskey, coffee, and heavy cream.

Authentic Irish Coffee | | A delicious and warm Authentic Irish Coffee made with whiskey, coffee, and heavy cream. | #recipe #coffee #irishcoffee

Freezing temperatures require two things; coffee and alcohol. Think of how natural it is to combine those two things together…

On a different note, I have nothing but envy for those of you that live in a warm climate. This 100-below-zero-thing gots to go! It did warm up a bit, but still. I’m over it. I’m ready to go back to sippin’ on a Strawberry Pom Mojito or a Black Cherry Spritzer. (SO GOOD!) 

…but until then…

I made this coffee 32.8 times in that 3-day-blizzard we had some two weeks ago. I was warm and drunk the entire time. Just kidding. Sort of… 😉

I also sang my heart out, and danced around to Story of My Life by One Direction

Okay. Truth be told, yes, I danced around to, aaaand sang my heart out to The Right Stuff by NKOTB.

Hey man, there’s no way I’m gonna go through life without introducing my kids to the love of my life, Joey McIntyre. ♥ >>—> ♥

There’s also that other love of my life – in case you hadn’t noticed, my love for coffee is quite deep. However, a splash of whiskey, from time to time, is also very, very welcome.

Authentic Irish Coffee | | A delicious and warm Authentic Irish Coffee made with whiskey, coffee, and heavy cream. | #recipe #coffee #irishcoffee

Before you get all nervous on me and start screaming about what the deal is with this authentic thing and Irish Coffee, let me tell ya. The deal is big. It’s huge! (not so much) The deal is in the cream. It’s about how you pour the cream so it floats on top. That’s all.

I first had a “real” Irish Coffee in this small, hole in the wall, Irish pub in Chicago. What caught my attention was the cream on top. I was like, saaaaay whaaaaat?! That’s not how they do it at “Applegeez”! How did you do that? That’s when the nice bartender man showed me how to make the cream float on top by holding the spoon upside down.

He also said that you should only use Irish Whiskey. With a side of very black coffee. And a glass mug with a handle.

The End.

Authentic Irish Coffee | | A delicious and warm Authentic Irish Coffee made with whiskey, coffee, and heavy cream. | #recipe #coffee #irishcoffee

Enjoy your weekend! And this recipe, too!! xoxo

P.S. My birthday is on Monday. I’m expecting presents. 😉

Authentic Irish Coffee | | A delicious and warm Authentic Irish Coffee made with whiskey, coffee, and heavy cream. | #recipe #coffee #irishcoffee

Authentic Irish Coffee

Katerina | Diethood
A delicious and warm Authentic Irish Coffee made with whiskey, coffee, and heavy cream.
4.84 from 6 votes
Servings : 1 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • Glass mug with handle
  • hot water
  • 6- ounces brewed black coffee
  • 2 teaspoons sugar , or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Irish Whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • Fill the mug with hot water and let stand 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Empty water from mug and add brewed coffee and stir in sugar.
  • Stir in whiskey.
  • Place heavy cream in a mixing bowl and whisk until frothy, but pourable. You can also use an electric mixer.
  • Hold a spoon upside down over the mug and slowly pour the cream over the spoon, allowing the cream to float on top of the coffee.
  • Serve.




Calories: 211 kcal | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Protein: 0 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated Fat: 6 g | Cholesterol: 41 mg | Sodium: 14 mg | Potassium: 83 mg | Sugar: 8 g | Vitamin A: 440 IU | Calcium: 19 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: alcoholic coffee drinks, drinks with coffee, irish cream coffee
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23 comments on “Authentic Irish Coffee”

  1. A coffee with whiskey and cream!! This is something every coffee lover should definitely try. I’ve tried and it tastes no less than a heaven.

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    Mark - Bean Ground

    Hey Katerina,

    You have definitely nailed the perfect and original Irish coffee recipe. You have all of the key elements that make it IRISH – the strong brewed dark coffee, the REAL Irish whiskey (BEST type IMO), and the floating whipped cream on top!


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    Stephen Morris

    It may not be winter but some pubs blast their air conditioners enough to make it feel like an internal blizzard! So hot coffee is still a go at these places despite the skin-melting weather.

    Thank you for sharing this great recipe along with how to keep the cream afloat! Authentic Irish whiskey is certainly expected and interestingly, there is another option some pubs offer which is the use Bailey’s Irish Cream instead of Irish Whiskey. Tastes fantastic either way.

  4. This recipe looks awesome! Irish Coffees tend to have a bad reputation because it can be quite tricky to perfectly balance the all the blends of flavour. You have the nutty and slightly bitter taste of coffee with the caramel flavour and fiery whiskey that needs to contrast the cool layer of whipped cream on top. It’s not easy and you can often end up being too bitter and too fiery and not enough caramelly-creamy!

  5. This post really nails the original Irish coffee recipe. There are thousands of similar recipes online, but lots of them fail to mention:

    Strong dark coffee
    REAL Irish whiskey
    Floating cream

    mmm, just talking about it is making me want one right now, I wonder if 10am is too early? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Happy belated b’day Kate. I hope those presents came flooding in.
    It has been extremely warm Down Under in Oz, however I could certainly down this Irish coffee right now.

  7. With temperatures like that I would definitely be drinking several cups of these coffees! YUM! Speaking of cups, I recognize those cups. Is that a sign that I should make this coffee? First I need some real Irish whiskey and heavy cream. Do it right or not at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    Drunk = warm = awesome.
    This is gorgeous. I’ll have 4, please.
    Annnnd it’s Monday so Happiest Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Emily @ Life on Food

    I cannot think of a better way to get through winter. This is like a tropical destination in your house. OK not really but it helps.

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    Laura Dembowski

    I think I just walk around muttering about warmth and sunshine and California and Florida all the time. And were getting another arctic blast ๐Ÿ™ I’m not typically a coffee drinker but I need this!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    Is it too early to start my day off with a cup of this? No? Good! Heading to the kitchen!

  12. I’m so over this cold too Kate! I live by the lake so it’s even worse!

    I LOVE Irish Coffee! I get those all the time in the wintertime because I can’t down ice cold booze in the Winter, just can’t!! And be proud because some restaurants in Chicago don’t know how to make it which is so bizzarre-they should all learn how! Sheesh lol.

    Hope you are planning something fun for your birthday. We got so lucky being born in the Winter didn’t we? lol.

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    Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines

    I’m in that midway place. It gets cold, but not cold enough that I would want to move to Florida. But, and this is a big but, it’s definitely cold enough for a mug of Irish coffee (maybe two).

  14. Oh…my…goodness. They all look delicious. Especially, the very last one. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel. yum

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    We pretty much spent the polar vortex warm and drunk, too! haha We stocked up on wine, and popped our first bottle before lunch. It was a mini vacation…although, we still had to shovel the driveway..

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