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

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