Original Irish Coffee Recipe and Its History

Joe Sheridan had the right idea when he first combined a robust Irish whiskey with rich black coffee to create the Irish coffee cocktail in 1942. This hot drink has long been a favorite in Irish pubs with a popularity that may rival a great stout (as tough as that may be).

Despite some common shortcuts, a great Irish coffee is not as simple as adding a shot of whiskey to a cup of coffee. No, this is a well-planned, carefully constructed coffee drink that should be mixed with the care of any modern latte or cappuccino. That said, it is actually quite easy.


  • 2 teaspoons ​brown sugar
  • 4 ounces coffee Barista Joe’s Dark Roast Bagged or 1 Kcup (strong, rich; brewed, hot)
  • 1 1/2 ounces ​Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce heavy cream (lightly whipped)
  • Purchase the Dark Roast coffee here: Dark Roast Bagged Coffee

2 thoughts on “Original Irish Coffee Recipe and Its History”

  1. I am curious. In the ingredients list is says 4oz or 1 K-cup. Does this mean each of your K-Cups holds 4 ounces of ground beans?

    1. No sir, 4 oz of coffee would never fit inside of kcup. 4 oz is the amount of liquid we recommend with that recipe. We put 11-12 grams of ground coffee in each kcup, depending on the roast. Hope this helps ! Thanks

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