Irish Coffee Recipes

Here are not one, but two Irish coffee recipes for you. Give them a try at your next party. There's nothing like a hot alcoholic drink to give your guests a warm and fuzzy feeling on a cold day.

One of these recipes is traditional and the other calls for the addition of Irish cream liqueur.

To make sure your hot drink stays that way, warm up your mugs by pouring very hot water into them for several minutes before you begin.

Once the mugs have been heated this way, pour out the water and you're ready to get started.

Also, if you're following the traditional recipe, the mugs you use should be clear. The visual element is an important part of the traditional recipe. 

The Traditional Irish Coffee Recipe

  • 1/1/2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1 tblsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 2-3 tblsp heavy cream (the amount depends on your preference), chilled

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a mug and stir briefly until the sugar is dissolved.

Gently pour a couple of tablespoons of heavy cream on top of the coffee by pouring it slowly over the back of a spoon. Don't mix!

You'll have a layer of dark coffee on the bottom, a layer of cream on top, and a layer in the middle where the coffee and the cream have started to blend together. Beautiful!

Less Traditional, More Alcohol

  • 1 1/2 oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • whipped cream
  • grated nutmeg

Combine the liqueur and whiskey in a mug. Fill with coffee and stir. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg. 


These next coffee recipes aren't Irish but they sure are good. Enjoy!

Keoki Coffee

  • 1 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 oz brandy
  • 1 cup of coffee

Pour Kahlua and brandy into a pre-warmed mug. Add coffee to fill. Garnish with whipped cream. 

Mexican Coffee

  • 1 oz Kahlua (or other coffee-flavored liqueur)
  • 1/2 oz tequila
  • 5 oz coffee

Pour the Kahlua and tequila into a warmed mug and add coffee. Let your guests add cream (yes the real thing!) and sugar to taste.

Belgian Coffee

  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 3 oz coffee

Pour the triple sec and Irish cream into a warmed mug and add coffee.

Jamaican Coffee

  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1 oz rum
  • 4 oz coffee

Pour the brandy and rum into a warm mug and add coffee.