The Irish Coffee

About The Irish Coffee

The Irish Coffee has a bit of a muddled history. Since the mid-1800s the French would serve a cocktail known as a Gloria, which was any mixture of coffee and spirits. So it’s not off-base to say the Irish Coffee is just a Whiskey Gloria, however when’s the last time you’ve heard of a Gloria cocktail? The modern Irish Coffee is mostly agreed to have originated in County Limerick, Ireland. In the mid 1950s, the cocktail began appearing in the United States on the West Coast and its popularity took off from there. A staple of after-dinner cocktail menus everywhere, the Irish Coffee and its iterations have survived and continue to thrive.


  • 1 oz. Irish Whiskey

  • 1 oz. Cream

  • 4 oz. Hot Coffee

  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating: 4.0 Stars

  • Served: Hot

  • Strength: Mild

  • Difficulty: Simple

  • Flavor: Coffee


Heat the coffee, whiskey, and sugar but do not bring to a boil. Pour into glass and top with cream.