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Classic Irish Coffee Recipe in a glass on a wooden board

Classic Irish Coffee Recipe

Enjoy this delicious Classic Irish Coffee Recipe on a cool evening, or a special gathering. We like to drink Irish Coffees during the Holidays, and when we are inside on a snowy day. This is the original Irish Coffee recipe from the Buena Vista Cafe.

Course cocktails
Cuisine Irish
Keyword original Irish coffee recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 192 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • Hot Water
  • 6 oz Brewed Hot Coffee
  • 1 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey (Tullamore D.E.W. or Jameson)
  • 2 cubes Cane Sugar* (or 3 tsp brown sugar)
  • Soft Whipped Cream
  • dash Cinnamon (optional)
  • dash Nutmeg (optional)


Warm Up the Mug

  1. Fill an Irish Coffee glass mug with hot water, and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then dump out the water.

Make the Irish Coffee

  1. Add the hot coffee and sugar cubes, and stir until sugar is dissolved.

  2. Add the whiskey and stir.

  3. Top with about an inch of lightly whipped cream. (pour it over the back of a spoon that is over the glass to get a nice collar/layer).

  4. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon and/or nutmeg on top for a little extra spiciness (optional).

Recipe Notes

*I also enjoy making Irish Coffee with brown sugar, as it has a warm flavor.

Adapted from The Buena Vista Cafe