Irish Coffee

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Irish Coffee

Saint Patrick's Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate than with a boozy Irish Coffee first thing in the morning?

This boozy winter drink is said to have been invented in an Irish airport in the early 1940s after a New York-bound flight returned to the gate due to stormy weather. To warm the cold and haggard passengers after their aborted trip, Joe Sheridan, a chef at the airport's restaurant, mixed strong coffee with Irish whiskey and brown sugar, then topped the drink with a layer of heavy cream. Traditional recipes don't call for whipping the cream first, but we find that lightly whipped cream makes for a thick, creamy cap that will stay in place atop the drink as you sip. We've also had lots of success making un-Irish versions of this drink with other styles of whiskey and even aged rum. 

Irish Coffee
makes one drink

  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 6 ounces hot coffee
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Freshly grated cinnamon, for garnish (optional)
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the cream until thickened slightly (stop before you hit soft peaks; the cream should still be loose and runny) and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Pour the whiskey, coffee, and sugar into a heated glass mug and stir to dissolve the sugar. Top with a layer of the whipped cream, grate some cinnamon over the top (if desired), and serve.