Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee Recipe


Irish Coffee Recipe

Irish Coffee

The Irish Coffee was first created by a chef/bartender named Joe Sheridan at Shannon airport. During the 1940s Joe prepared a round of spiked coffees for some weary travelers and after one patron asked "Is this Brazilian coffee?", Joe replied "No, it's Irish coffee!".
A writer sampled the Irish Coffee while transiting through the Irish airport in 1952 and upon his return to San Francisco he shared the drink with his friend Jack Koeppler, then owner of the Buena Vista Cafe. They didn't know the exact recipe so they trialed and tinkered until they replicated the drink. The cafe became famous for their Irish Coffees and now serve 1000s each day!
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  • 30 ml Irish whiskey
  • 7.5 ml demerara syrup, 2:1
  • 90 ml hot coffee (pour over or French press)
  • 60 ml heavy cream


  • Preheat your glass by adding hot water

French Press Coffee

  • Add 24g of coarsely ground coffee beans to your French press
  • Add 150g of hot water (95 degrees celsius) and allow to bloom for 1 minute
  • Add remaining 150g of hot water and rest for 3 minutes

Irish Coffee

  • In a Georgian coffee glass, add whiskey and demerara syrup
  • Top with fresh coffee, allowing head space for the cream
  • Float cream (gently whipped) atop the drink


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