Irish coffee

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  • Espresso or drip coffee, according to preference
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Premium Irish whisky, 25ml (one shot) per cup of coffee
  • Whipping cream, to top

The Irish coffee was invented in  the small seaside town of Foynes, Republic of Ireland. In its coffee shops, the Irish coffees were traditionally served in order to warm passengers after long trips across the sea in bad weather conditions.

Irish coffee is hot coffee, whisky and sugar, topped with a generous layer of cream. If whisky is not your drink of choice, you could always change the whisky out for rum, vodka, Irish cream or Kahlua. This hot, sweet drink makes a great after dinner refreshment or can be served as a cocktail at parties.

This drink is easy to make, especially when you can use one of our patented coffee machines to make the strong espresso base. If you prefer steamed milk to whipped cream, you can top off your coffee with a layer of cappucino style milk foam by using the steamer on an automatic espresso/cappuccino machine. Irish coffees are now drunk and enjoyed all over the world as a warming after dinner indulgence.


  • Use a drip coffee machine to make a smooth, rich coffee.
  • Add sugar to taste, to counteract the bitterness of the coffee and to make the whisky smoother.
  • Add one shot of whiskey per cup of coffee.
  • Pour gently over the back of a spoon into wide brimmed glasses so layers form.
  • Serve with a generous layer of whipped cream.

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