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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!

A vertical closeup of two mugs of Traditional Irish Coffee on a silver platter with gold coins and a shot of whiskey in the front.

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

Don’t mind if I do. 🙂

And please, always drink responsibly!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making this whiskey spiked coffee is available near the end of this post OR click the “jump to recipe” button (found 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!

Can Irish coffee be made with decaffeinated coffee?

Yes! Not a problem!

Can this spiked coffee beverage be made with flavored coffee?

I wouldn’t tell you no.

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

Two mugs of coffee with a shot of whiskey on a sliver tray.

Can this coffee with whiskey recipe be made with instant coffee?

If that’s what you have, that’s what you use.

I actually use instant espresso powder (in a pinch) and it works just great.

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 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.

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!
A vertical closeup of a mug of Irish Coffee with whipped cream and green sugar along with a title text overlay graphic.

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

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Two cups of Traditional Irish Coffee topped with whipped cream and green sugar.


Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Eye-opening and delicious!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Beverages Alcohol, cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine Irish
Servings 2
Calories 152 kcal


  • 2 cups brewed coffee
  • 2 shots Irish whiskey
  • ½ cup whipped cream
  • green sugar optional


  • Divide the hot coffee and Irish whiskey into two coffee mugs.
  • Top with whipped cream and green sugar, if desired.


Serving: 1gramsCalories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 6mgSugar: 1g
Keyword Irish coffee, Traditional Irish Coffee, whiskey cocktail
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Thank you so much for visiting me here today in my Kudos Kitchen! 

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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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!!

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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!!

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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

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!


Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

My pleasure, Lisalia! Isn't it the very best when food can conjure up great memories? Enjoy! Renee

Claudia Lamascolo

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

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!


Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Cheers, Claudia. Thanks for the rating and the sweet comment!


Friday 15th of March 2019

Delicious! St. Paddy's Day wouldn't be complete without Irish Coffee. ;)


Friday 15th of March 2019

I couldn't agree more, Samantha!! ;)


Friday 15th of March 2019

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


Friday 15th of March 2019

Lucky girl! I'm dying to go to Ireland. Hopefully, someday I will. Have a wonderful time, Beth!


Saturday 25th of January 2014

Printed and can not wait to make the Irish is calling me

Renee Goerger

Sunday 26th of January 2014

It's been calling my name too, Pam. You're going to love this!