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

3 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

  2. Dean, that was an exciting tale! Joe Sheridan invented Irish Coffee in the winter of 1942, and it is now immensely popular all over the world. Though it is not merely a spiked drink, the recipe is simple to prepare.

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