Traditional Irish Coffee

Traditional Irish Coffee

This traditional Irish coffee recipe will open your eyes with hot brewed coffee, deliciously smooth Irish whiskey, and a touch of creamy sweetness from the whipped cream. This must be your lucky day!

Fun photo of two mugs of Irish coffee on a silver tray with a shot glass of Irish whiskey, green napkins, and faux gold coins.

Warm your bones with a hot, creamy, eye-opening mug of Traditional Irish Coffee.

Don’t mind if I do. 🙂

And please, always drink responsibly!

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**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Traditional Irish Coffee is available near the end of this post OR click the jump to recipe tab (above) to be taken directly to the recipe.

Title Text vertical image of two mugs of Irish coffee on a silver tray with a shot of Irish whiskey in the foreground and a bottle in the background.

The ingredient list;

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  • Brewed Coffee
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Whipped Cream
  • Green Sugar (optional)

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

Shot of whiskey and a mug of Irish coffee on a sliver tray with whipped cream and green sugar

Cheers to Irish coffee!

Winter was long and bleak. Thankfully we’re coming out of it now and we’re turning the corner into spring.

What better way to usher in springtime than with a delicious St. Patrick’s day cocktail.

Not only will this Irish coffee cocktail warm your bones, but it will also put a little pep in your step!

They’re magically delicious!

Two mugs of coffee on a silver tray with whiskey in a shot glass.

Can Irish coffee be made with decaffeinated coffee?

Yes! Not a problem!

Can this Irish coffee beverage be made with flavored coffee?

I wouldn’t tell you no.

Go with whatever flavored coffee you like the best, and enjoy!

Typically, how many ounces are in a shot?

Throughout the majority United States, a standard shot is defined as 1.5 fluid ounces.

However, in Utah, a standard shot is considered 1.0 fluid ounces.

How to make Irish Coffee;

  • Brew coffee, as strong or as weak as you like.
  • Add Irish whiskey, as much or as little as you like.
  • Top with whipped cream, as much or as little as you like.
  • Sprinkle with green sugar (optional), as much or as little as you like.
Two mugs of Irish Coffee with a shot of whiskey, whipped cream and green sugar.

Additional for St. Patrick’s Day recipes:

“Save this Boozy Irish Coffee Ice Cream for after the kiddos have gone to bed, and then you can savor the flavor of being a grownup!”

Two glasses of Irish coffee no-churn ice cream with cookies and green sprinkles.

“This rolled Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich and buttery. It’s simply the best tasting cookie that requires only four simple ingredients. This must be your lucky day!”

Broken shortbread cookies with a rolling pin and Irish napkins.

“Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a classically stuffed boxty. An Irish Corned Beef Boxty is a potato pancake that is filled with tender corned beef and lots of melted Swiss cheese.”

Corned Beef Boxty on a plaid plate with chips and dip.

  • Traditional Irish Coffee (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!

Vertical images of two mugs of Irish coffee with whipped cream and green sugar on a sliver tray with a shot of Irish whiskey in the foreground.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s Irish coffee.

5 from 4 votes
Traditional Irish Coffee
Prep Time
5 mins

Eye-opening and delicious!

Course: alcohol, cocktails
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Traditional Irish Coffee
Servings: 2
Calories: 152 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 2 cups brewed coffee
  • 2 shots Irish whiskey
  • ½ cup whipped cream
  • green sugar optional
  1. Divide the hot coffee and Irish whiskey into two coffee mugs.

  2. Top with whipped cream and green sugar, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Traditional Irish Coffee
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 103IU2%
Calcium 15mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s St. Patricks’ day cocktail recipe as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Closeup photo of Irish coffee with a shot of whiskey, whipped cream, and green sugar

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  1. I haven't had an Irish Coffee in years! If I had a few of these served to me this Winter I may have never want to get changed from flannel pj's, robe and slippers. Not to mention moving me away from a cozy fireplace would be a feat in itself. So looking forward to the end of this Arctic Vortex!!!

  2. Printed and can not wait to make the Irish Coffee….it is calling me

  3. 5 stars
    I will be in Ireland in April. This recipe really has me in the mood! So simple too – making it this weekend!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! St. Paddy’s Day wouldn’t be complete without Irish Coffee. 😉

  5. 5 stars
    I make this every year even though I am not Irish I love to celebrate St Patricks Day with your recipe! Its the best I ever had!

  6. 5 stars
    I remember my best friend’s mom ordering this at the restaurant all the time when we were younger!! And I LOVED the smell. And the fancy glass. So many fond memories. Thanks for this simple and yummy recipe. Love making it for myself now! And especially happy for the link where to get the sweet glass to drink it from!

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