Classic Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee Cocktail

You don't need to be Irish to enjoy this Irish Coffee! A traditional after-dinner drink, this strong cocktail keeps the party going with hot coffee, a bit of sugar, whiskey, and an Irish Cream topping that's even delicious by itself!
Course Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine Irish
Keyword irish coffee
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 297kcal
Author Erica


  • 2 teaspoons ​brown sugar
  • ¾ cup strong hot coffee or espresso
  • 3 tablespoons ​Irish whiskey (1.5 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon Irish cream optional
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream lightly whipped ​
  • Chocolate flakes or ground nutmeg, for garnish


  • Fill and Irish coffee glass or mug with hot water and allow to warm for 2-3 minutes, then discard the water. Meanwhile, whip the heavy cream until it begins to thicken to soft peaks.
  • Add the brown sugar to the empty glass or mug. Pour in the coffee until the mug is ¾ full, stirring until dissolved.
  • Add the whiskey and stir well to incorporate. Stir in Irish cream now, if using.
  • Pour the lightly whipped cream over the back of a warmed spoon so it floats on top of the drink. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles or a bit of nutmeg, if desired.


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 87mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Calcium: 19mg