10 Irish Coffee Facts You Must Know (Plus How To Make A Perfect Cup)

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It’s a pandemic and sometimes good old coffee just doesn’t cut it. You need something good and strong to snap out of the ennui that engulfs you. That’s exactly the time when you need a good cup of the classic Irish Coffee. Here are some facts about Irish coffee that you must know and a classic recipe to make yourself a good cuppa when you’re in the mood for one.

1 – Irish coffee can be good for your health. It can reduce your risk of heart disease and aid in unblocking your arteries because of the mix of alcohol and caffeine content.

2 – Irish coffee is known to provide all four essential food groups in a single glass: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. Perhaps that’s got something to do with its popularity across the world.

3 – The original Irish coffee recipe was known to use cream that has not been whipped. That’s something to think about when you taste Irish coffee.

irish coffee at buena vista california
Buena Vista was the first place in the US to serve Irish coffee

4 – Surprisingly, the first cafe to debut Irish coffee in the U.S. in 1952 was not in New York, known to have a large Irish population. It was the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco, California.

5 – The Buena Vista cafe also holds the Guinness Record for the largest Irish Coffee at 15 gallons.

6 – National Irish coffee day is celebrated every year on March 17th to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

7 – A similar hot Irish drink is called the Hot Irish Monk and is made with cocoa, Frangelica, a hazelnut-flavoured liqueur and whiskey.

8- Cold brew Irish coffee is a thing in the new age. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out on something really good.

9 – Irish coffee can also be classified as hot toddy.

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10 – Joe Sheridan was a chef who decided to add Irish whisky to the coffees of American passengers who were delayed because of bad weather to warm them up.

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Here’s the OG recipe to making Irish coffee

This is the recipe offered by Joe Sheridan, to make a true Irish Coffee:

Cream – Rich as an Irish Brogue
Coffee – Strong as a Friendly Hand
Sugar – Sweet as the tongue of a Rogue
Whiskey – Smooth as the Wit of the Land


  • 120ml strong rich hot coffee
  • 45ml Irish Whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 30ml lightly whipped double cream

How To:

  • Pour the sugar and coffee into a warm mug or a heat-proof glass.
  • Stir until dissolved.
  • Add the Irish whiskey and stir again.
  • Float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Do not stir again. Instead, drink the coffee through the cream.

The secret of making the best Irish coffee is now with you. Fix a hot mug for yourself, and let us know your experience in the comments below.

Irish Coffee

man holding irish whisky

Here's the original recipe for making Irish coffee
Keyword irish coffee
Servings 1 person


  • 120 ml strong hot coffee
  • 45 ml Irish whisky
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 30 ml double cream lightly whipped


  • Pour the sugar and coffee into a warm, mug or any heat-proof glass
  • Stir until dissolved.
  • Top it up with Irish whisky of your choice and stir again
  • Float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon
  • Do not stir again. Instead, drink the coffee through the cream.
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