4 ounces strong, rich hot coffee
1 1/2 ounce Irish whiskey
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 ounce lightly whipped double cream
How to Make It
Pour the sugar then coffee into a warm Irish coffee glass, mug or other heat-proof glass.
Stir until dissolved.
Add the Irish whiskey and stir again.
Float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Do not stir again. Instead, drink the coffee through the cream.
4 Tips for Making a Great Irish Coffee Cocktail
Choose a great Irish whiskey. Sadly, there are not many options available anymore and you really cannot go wrong with almost any brand. Favorites include anything from Bushmills or Jameson and you might try Kilbeggan or Tullamore DEW as well.
Use freshly whipped cream. This is not the pressurized can of cream or whipped topping you may have in the refrigerator, those will ruin the Irish Coffee. Instead, begin with a little double (or heavy) whipping cream and vigorously whip it with a whisk or fork until it is light and fluffy. It may take a few rounds to get it right, but the experimentation is not that bad!
Don’t forget to preheat your glass. While the coffee is brewing, pour hot water into the glass or mug. Dump the water before making the drink. This will match the temperature of the final drink and keep it warm a little bit longer.
Make a great cup of coffee. Creating a great coffee cocktail takes time and there is no point to go to this trouble if you downgrade it with low-end, watered down drip coffee! For a great Irish Coffee, you will want a rich, thick coffee and I suggest using a French press and high-end, fresh ground beans to get that result. Medium to dark roasted coffees work best.