How to make the perfect Irish coffee with IrishCentralFailte Ireland

As the Irish actor Alex Levin said, “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. ”

Celebrating the United States National Irish Coffee Day we tend to agree with Levin so we've put together the recipe for a perfect Irish coffee.

Bon Apetit.

Here’s a recipe for the perfect Irish Coffee:


1 ½ oz. of Jameson Irish whiskey

5-7 oz. hot coffee or 2 shots of espresso

1-2 tsp. brown sugar

Fresh whipped cream


Run hot water slowly over a glass mug until it’s at room temperature or hotter, and then dry it (pouring hot coffee into a cold glass could cause it to crack)

Add brown sugar to mug

Pour in whiskey

Add coffee or espresso, leaving space at top for whipped cream

*To make cold Irish coffee, chill the sweetened coffee before adding the whiskey

Stir until sugar is completely dissolved

Set whipped cream on drink

Do not stir (drink stays warmer longer with the cream sitting on top)

Irish coffee ice cream recipe


1 ½ cup milk

2 ½ tbsp espresso coffee powder

4 eggs beaten well

¼ cup Irish whiskey

1 ¼ cup heavy cream

½ cup brown sugar



1. Heat a pan and add milk, brown sugar, and coffee. Boil on medium flame till the sugar and coffee dissolves in milk.

2. After sugar and coffee dissolves, take the pan off flame and let it cool. If in a hurry, you can place the pan in a bowl of cold water to cool the milk.

3. In a blender, add the dissolved milk. Now add eggs, whiskey, salt and cream. Blend until smooth.

4. Pour in a bowl and refrigerate it for 3-4 hours. Blend again and then pour in ice cream makers. Freeze for 8-10 hours.

5. Enjoy!

Originally published in 2011.