Is Irish coffee good?

To begin with, I am sure, you’ll want to know if it beneficial or not to drink Irish coffee, besides getting drunk, One of the big benefits of drinking Irish coffee is that it can actually reduce your risk of heart disease. Yes, alcohol, when consumed in “healthy moderation”, can be beneficial. This is because alcohol improves the blood flow to the heart and general circulation.

What does an Irish coffee taste like?

Irish Coffee tastes like a sweet coffee drink with booze “duh”. The coffee gives it a deep rich flavor, a sweet flavor from the two kinds of sugar (whiskey), and from the heavy cream.

Is Irish coffee safe?

While you should avoid combining alcohol and caffeine, having an occasional Irish coffee won’t harm you. Just be sure to consume these in moderation and to be aware of not only the alcohol content but also the caffeine content.

What is in an Irish coffee?

While the origins of the most famous Irish whiskey cocktail are disputed, many accounts attribute it to Joseph Sheridan, head chef at the port of Foynes in County Limerick. Sheridan apparently concocted the drink to warm a group of incoming passengers in either 1934 or 1943, depending on the source.

The classic Irish coffee recipe combines strong black coffee with Irish whiskey and brown sugar and is then topped off with cream. The cream is poured over the back of a spoon held slightly above the coffee.

There are also variations on the traditional recipe. But here’s the traditional recipe:

  • 1 1/3 oz (2 parts) Irish whiskey
  • 1 oz (1½ parts) Fresh cream
  • 1 tsp. Brown sugar.
  • 2 2/3 oz (4 parts) Hot coffee

What is the best Irish Whiskey for Irish coffee?

Want your Irish coffee to taste even better? Here are the 5 best Irish whiskeys you can choose to add to your coffee:

  • For a Classic Irish Coffee: Jameson Irish Whiskey.
  • For a Spicier Irish Coffee: Bushmills Black Bush.
  • For a Rich Irish Coffee: Knappogue 12-Year-Old.
  • For a Fruity Irish Coffee: Green Spot.
  • For a Super-Smooth Irish Coffee: Teeling Small Batch.

I would not recommend anyone using whiskey that is 18 years or older, unless you want to experiment with quality whiskey, you better make sure to buy the most expensive coffee for your Irish coffee.

Do you whip the cream for Irish coffee?

Yes! You can fill a heatproof glass with hot water and leave to stand. Whip the cream until the bubbles disappear and it has just started to thicken and form ribbons underneath the whisk. Then put back in the fridge.

What is the best Irish Cream?

Make the best of your Irish coffee with these Irish cream liquors:

  • Baileys Irish Cream.
  • Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream Liqueur.
  • Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur.
  • Carolans Irish Cream.
  • Emmets Irish Cream.
  • The Whistler Irish Cream.
  • Ryan’s Irish Cream.
  • Michael’s Irish Cream.

What is a substitute for Baileys Irish Cream?

Most people use Bailey’s Irish cream for their Irish coffee, however, here are some alternative you can use:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
  • 1 cup Southern Comfort whiskey.
  • 2 tablespoons Hershey’s chocolate syrup.
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 2 cups half and half.
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules.

Which is better Baileys or Kahlua?

If you want to know the difference between Bailey and Kahlua, Kahlua is a dark liquid without the creaminess of Baileys. They both taste of coffee but Kahlua is much stronger. If you want one to add to coffee I’d suggest Kahlua, but if you want one to sip alongside your coffee I’d suggest Baileys.

Can you put whiskey in coffee with milk?

Yes, with all things, you can always make your own brew, how YOU want it. Add whiskey, hot or cold brew coffee, and milk into a glass full of ice (for cold brew). Stir and Enjoy! It’s that simple!

not an Irish whiskey fan?

I love Irish Coffee, If you prefer other types of Irish whiskey, tried all the Irish whiskey for your coffee, but still not so fond of whisky. You can convert it to Spanish Coffee, which is most of the times served with Tia Maria, or French Coffee with either Grand Marnier or Cointreau (which is not actually French, but you see it called French coffee on menus anyway).

Irish Coffee alternatives

So here are recipes for a couple of tried- and- loved “not-so-Irish”- coffees that will make your mouth water.

Basic Irish Coffee recipe

Use a nice tall glass, not a coffee mug. Make it look as special as it is. Start with the alcoholic drink, then add the coffee. Do not mix the whipped cream with the coffee; aim for layering. I have best results using a tablespoon to lay the cream on top of the coffee. Leave the addition of sugar to the consumers’ discretion; ideally offer a platter for instance with a choice of white sugar, brown sugar and honey.

For best results: preferably use real coffee, not powder coffee or premix. Preferably use real whipped cream, not from a can. It takes just 2 minutes to whip and tastes much better, plus it contains no preservatives.

Basically you can make a variation using any alcoholic beverage or even make a non-alcohol one, but a bitter drink like Campari will probably not give a nice result. Sweet liquors, strong spirits such as whisky or vodka or gin, or a combination of these will give best results. Enjoy!

Creamy Irish Coffee

  • 1/2 shot of Bailey’s
  • 1/2 shot of Irish whiskey
  • 1 cup of Latte Machiato coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of whipped cream

First the Baileys and whiskey, then the coffee, last spoon the whipped cream carefully onto the coffee. Decorate with a bit of cacao powder.

Superbly Mint Coffee

  • 1/2 shot glass of Bailey’s Mint Cream or Creme de Menthe
  • 1/2 shot glass of Irish whiskey
  • 1 cup of Espresso coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of whipped cream
  • Decorate with a sprig of mint.

Caribbean Coffee

  • 1 shot glass of dark rum
  • 1 cup of Espresso coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of whipped cream
  • Decorate with a whiff of cinnamon

French Coffee

  • 1 shot glass of Grand Marnier (or Cointreau if you have that)
  • 1 cup of Espresso coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of whipped cream
  • Decorate with a thin slice of orange

Mexican Coffee

  • 1/2 shot glass of Kahlua
  • 1/2 shot glass of Tequila
  • 1 cup of Espresso coffee
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream

For this specialty coffee I like to mix a bit of cinnamon and cocoa powder into the whipped cream so you get a nice warm brown whipped cream.

Decorate with some coffee beans.

Italian coffee (also one of my favorites!)

  • 1 shot glass of Sambuca, or 1/2 : 1/2 Sambuca and grappa
  • 1 cup of Espresso coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of whipped cream
  • Decorate with an anise star, if you have one


For those who love whiskey but not coffee, this is a perfect way to get started. Vice versa, not encouraging people to consume alcohol, but as long as there’s coffee, you are more than welcome to enjoy this brew.