Irish Coffee

There are a lot of stories surrounding the origin of the infamous Irish Coffee

Of course one would surmise that originally it started, well, in Ireland

Though this may be true, no one seems to able to nail down a specific who or where, although there are plenty of rumors

When I was in San Francisco many years ago, I had my first Irish Coffee at a place called the Buena Vista Cafe which claimed to be the originator of the drink in the United States

The Buena Vista? Doesn’t sound Irish to me

The story is that a traveling writer had an Irish Whiskey at a pub while he was abroad.  When he came back to the States, he convinced the Buena Vista’s owners to add it to their menu around 1952 and they are still cranking them out today

Enough of the history lesson, whether you believe it or not

This is just a tasty beverage to warm you up on a cold winter’s night

We will need 6 ounces of strong black coffee, 2 ounces of Irish Whiskey, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and some whipped cream

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In a coffee mug add in the brown sugar, and top with the coffee

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Next add in the whiskey and give a good stir


Top with some whipped cream and warm yourself up!

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Simply Sundays! ~ Irish Coffee

  • Servings: 1 serving
  • Difficulty: Easy
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6 ounces of strong black coffee

2 ounces of Irish Whiskey

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

whipped cream


Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to a coffee mug.  Pour in 6 ounces of strong black coffee

Pour in 2 ounces of Irish Whiskey and give a good stir

Top with whipped cream

Tools used to make this recipe

Winco Jiggers Steel 1 Ounce x 2 Ounce

Royal Classique 10 Piece Measuring Cups and Spoons

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11 thoughts on “Irish Coffee

  1. I need a good Irish coffee like this one to warm me up! Is there a substitute for the whisky? Will bourbon work as well?

  2. Hehe, growing up in the UK in the early 90’s seemingly the only places that regularly had Irish coffee on the menu was Indian recipes, go figure? I always used to order one after a curry back then and I have not had one in years… I gotta give this a go, for nostalgia of course 😉

    1. Irish coffee after curry… what an “interesting” combo! lol Glad we could bring you back in time! 🙂

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