How to make an authentic Irish Coffee

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Irish coffee is the Irish cocktail – loved the world over, it looks like a pint of Guinness, but it’s all dense dark coffee and heady whiskey topped with a creamy head.

Serves 2


250ml strong hot black coffee
4 teaspoons of brown sugar
2 shots (about 80ml) Irish whiskey
140ml fresh cream, whipped a little to thicken it (don’t whip it much)


1. Warm two tall glasses. Divide the coffee and sugar between the two glasses and stir each until the sugar is dissolved.

2. Add one shot of whiskey (40ml) to each glass and mix with a dessertspoon. Holding the spoon upside down over the first glass, begin pouring the cream over the spoon and let it slide down onto the top of the coffee. Don’t rush, do it slowly. It can take a bit of practice to get it right. When you are done, do the same with the second one.


Recipe Variations

It won’t be an Irish coffee but you can easily replace the Irish whiskey with any liqueur or brandy.


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