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Irish Coffee

Indulge in the delicious history of the Irish Coffee cocktail, and learn how to make it at home with this simple recipe.

What You'll Need

Parts irish whiskey
1.5 oz
Parts hot coffee
3 oz
Heavy cream (slightly whipped)
1 oz
Brown sugar
1 tsp
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Pour hot water into serving glass to heat
Toss hot water
Pour in coffee
Stir in sugar until dissolved
Add whiskey
Stir to combine
Float cream on top
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More About This Drink

We'll jump into some history on the tasty Irish Coffee cocktail recipe in just a moment, but first, here are a few other classic whiskey cocktails we think you'll enjoy: the Old Fashioned, the Whiskey Sour, the Mint Julep, the Boulevardier, and the Flaming 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As far as the history of the Irish Coffee cocktail recipe is concerned, the Irish Coffee Wiki page notes that “Different variations of coffee cocktails pre-date the now-classic Irish coffee by at least 100 years.” The Irish Coffee cocktail Wiki goes on to note that Joe Sheridan, a head chef at the Flying Boat restaurant and coffee shop at the Foynes Airbase in Ireland, invented the drink in the 1940s. Apparently Sheridan decided it would be a good idea to add whiskey to some disembarking passengers’ coffees. We're going to go ahead and agree that that was a good idea. While Sheridan says that he is the creator of the Irish Coffee cocktail, travel writer Stanton Delaplane says that he brought the Irish Coffee to the U.S. in the ‘50s. (On behalf of all Americans, we thank you, Mr. Delaplane.) If you go looking for basic Irish Coffee cocktail trivia on the internet, what we've described above pretty much gives you the gist of what you’ll find. Although Irish Central does have a picture of Joe Sheridan serving an Irish Coffee to Marilyn Monroe, which is pretty incredible. Folks who can't get enough Irish Coffee recipe deliciousness should also check out these coffee cocktails: the Irish Coffee Milkshake, the Nutty Irish Coffee, the Irish Coffee Shots, the Dublin Iced Coffee, and the Coffee Cobbler. IRISH COFFEE 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Parts Irish Whiskey 3 oz. (90ml) Parts Hot Coffee 1 oz. (30ml) Heavy Cream (Slightly Whipped) 1 Tsp Brown Sugar PREPARATION 1. Pour hot water into serving glass to heat. 2. Toss hot water, pour in coffee and stir in sugar until dissolved. 3. Add whiskey, stir to combine and float cream on top. DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

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