How To Make An Irish Coffee

How To Make An Irish Coffee

In our opinion, our friends at Vaughan’s Pub in Kilfenora make the best Irish coffees! So this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re sharing their secrets to show you how to make the perfect Irish Liqueur Coffee at home.

How To Make An Irish Coffee

To make one Irish Coffee, you will need:


  • Brown Sugar
  • Freshly Brewed Baytown Coffee
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Double Cream


  • Glass for serving
  • 2 Teaspoons


Step One: Take your glass and add some hot water to warm it. After a few moments, discard the water.

Step Two: Add two teaspoons of brown sugar to your glass.

Step 3: Pour your freshly brewed Baytown Coffee over the sugar – make sure you leave enough room for the whiskey and cream!

Step 4: Add your preferred choice of Irish Whiskey and stir until all of the sugar is completely dissolved. Leave your teaspoon in the glass to keep warm.

Step 5: This is the tricky bit! Lift your spoon out of the glass and turn upside down. Holding the spoon over the glass, spoon over your cream. This should help the cream float on top of the coffee and prevent it from sinking. Sprinkle a little brown sugar over the cream and there you have it! Ready to enjoy!

 Irish Coffee FAQs:

What is an Irish Coffee?

Simply speaking, an Irish Coffee is a cocktail made from hot coffee, Irish whiskey and sugar and topped with cream. It is also know as a liqueur coffee.

Where does Irish Coffee come from?

The Irish coffee was created in the winter of 1943. Invented by Joe Sheridan who was chef at Foynes Port in Limerick, it was concocted for passengers travelling on a transatlantic flying boat which was forced to return to Ireland because of bad weather.

What kind of coffee should you use for an Irish Coffee?

An Irish Liqueur coffee is commonly enjoyed as an after dinner drink so we would opt for Boggle Hole, or if you don’t want to be up all night, try our decaf option Ness Point!

How should I brew my coffee for an Irish Coffee?

Being purists, we would always say to use fresh filter coffee. It gives a clearer, more delicate taste that won’t overpower the whiskey like espresso might. Plus we’re pretty sure that there weren’t espresso machines when the Irish Coffee was invented in the 1940s!

What Whiskey should I use for an Irish Coffee?

At risk of stating the obvious, Irish whiskey should always be used for an Irish Liqueur Coffee. As for the make, that’s up to you!