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The story of this authentic Irish coffee recipe goes back to 1940s Ireland. The chefs at Foynes Flying Boat Terminal made a drink to fortify passengers arriving from the cold North Atlantic.

While the exact origin of Irish Coffee is still debatable, its presence on a chilly day is sure to warm you up. Thus, classic Irish coffee is the perfect end to a hearty meal, or as a treat while you curl up and watch a movie. So, here’s our gift to you this St. Patrick’s Day: a recipe from Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa in Killarney, County Kerry.

Authentic Irish Coffee recipe

This simple yet comforting mix of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and cream quickly gained fame. It’s now a staple in cafes and homes across Ireland, eventually reaching North America.


  • 1 tsp Brown raw cane sugar
  • 1 – Double espresso hot with a small measure of hot water to fill the glass
  • 1 portion of cocoa powder to garnish
  • 25 ml Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon (or more!) whipped pouring cream


  1. Use warmed coffee glasses and add the whiskey.
  2. Add the brown sugar and dissolve in the whiskey.
  3. Add the coffee and stir well. Whip the cream lightly but still able to pour.
  4. Pour the lightly whipped cream carefully over the back of a spoon initially held
    just above the surface of the coffee
  5. Raise it gradually a little as you pour so that the cream
    would float on top.
  6. Garnish with hot chocolate powder using a shamrock stencil.

Variations to the classic Irish Coffee Recipe

The beauty of Irish Coffee lies in its simplicity, but there’s room for twists too! Here are some options to try:

  • Flavored Whipped Cream: Add a touch of vanilla, hazelnut, or even Baileys Irish Cream to your whipped cream for a richer flavor.
  • Spiced Variations: For a wintery twist, include a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg in your coffee.
  • Sugar Swap: Try different sweeteners – maple syrup or honey can add a unique twist.

Health Benefits

While Irish Coffee shouldn’t be a daily indulgence, there are some potential health benefits to enjoying it responsibly:

1. Enhanced Cognitive Function and Alertness: The key ingredient, coffee, is a well-studied source of caffeine. Also, moderate coffee consumption (around 2-3 cups a day) may improve cognitive function and alertness. Caffeine works by blocking adenosine, a neurotransmitter that promotes drowsiness. Thus, it leads to sharper focus, better reaction time, and enhanced memory.

2. Potential Antioxidant Boost: Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants. These compounds help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. Moreover, some studies suggest that moderate coffee consumption may offer some protection against certain conditions. However, more research on this may be necessary.

3. Mood Elevation: Coffee can have a positive impact on mood. The rise in dopamine and norepinephrine caused by caffeine can lead to feelings of increased energy and better drive. Also, the ritual of enjoying a hot cup of classic Irish Coffee can be mood-boosting in itself.

However, it’s important to consult with your doctor before making any big changes to your diet. On top of that, always enjoy alcoholic drinks in moderation.

Irish Coffee and St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, the United States explodes in a celebration of Irish culture. St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. It’s a day for vibrant parades like the one in San Francisco. Also, it’s where people proudly wear green and rivers might even be dyed green.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States have their roots in the experiences of Irish immigrants. These immigrants brought their traditions, including music, dance, and food, to North America. Over time, St. Patrick’s Day evolved into a major cultural event that honors Irish heritage. It encompasses customs from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

So, don’t miss out on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Witness the sounds of traditional Irish music fill the streets. Sample food like corned beef and cabbages. Truly, a steaming mug of Irish Coffee perfectly complements this festive atmosphere.

Indeed, it’s more than just a coffee beverage; It’s also a toast to the Irish spirit and heritage.


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