DIY special drinks with Irish coffee recipes

DIY Irish Coffee at home

DIY special drinks with Irish coffee recipes

Coffee, whiskey, and cream are all readily available at bars, and mixing them with a little brown sugar yields a delicious drink. However, sometimes, you just want to spend the whole day at home with your beloved, instead of going to a bar. Still, you want to enjoy a cup of Irish Coffee. This article would show you some insanely delicious Irish Coffee Recipes

The history of Irish Coffee

Before jumping into different Irish coffee recipes, let’s talk about how Irish Coffee began. Irish coffee was invented in the winter of 1943 by Joe Sheridan, chef at Foynes Port airbase in Ireland.

Joe Sheridan, the inventor of the first Irish coffee recipe

Joe Sheridan, the inventor of the first Irish coffee recipe

There was a story that to make up for a delayed trip, Sheridan offered the special concoction to a group of passengers on a, particularly chilly evening. This first version of the Irish coffee step by step became so famous that in 1952, Staton Delaplane – a travel writer introduced it to the United State and attracted Jack Koeppler – a bartender at a hotel – to recreate this original Irish coffee recipes.

As time goes by, Irish coffee ingredients have evolved into different variations.

The most important ingredient in Irish coffee recipes

There are many ways to make Irish coffee, with different Irish coffee ingredients. However, the most important ingredient among Irish coffee recipes is Irish Whiskey.

Three types of Irish Whiskey for Irish coffee recipes: single malt, single grain and small batch

Irish Whiskey is the most important ingredient in Irish coffee recipes

Irish Whiskey can be divided into four categories: single malt, single grain, blended and single pot still. The choice of Whiskey can have a significant impact on the flavor of the drink.

Irish coffee recipes to up your games

Classic Irish Coffee recipe

The classic recipe of Irish coffee

Classic Irish Coffee recipe


  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • ½ cup (4 oz.) of strong, hot coffee
  • 3 teaspoons (1.5 oz.) of Irish Whiskey
  • 1 oz. of heavy cream (whipped)

How to do:

1. Warm a tall mug or heat-proof glass and place the brown sugar on the bottom.

2. Add hot coffee and whiskey, stir till the sugar is completely dissolved.

3. Use a spoon, gently pouring heavy cream over the back of it. By doing this, the cream will stay on top of the coffee.

4. Enjoy it while it is still hot. Sipping the coffee through the cream.

Beatrix Irish coffee recipe

Beatrix Coffee Roasters

Beatrix Coffee Roasters


  • 1.5 oz. of Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 0.75 oz. Spiced Demerara Syrup
  • 1 scoop of Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream
  • 3 oz. Beatrix Coffee Roasters Enlightened Blend

How to do:

1. Brew a pot of Beatrix Coffee Roasters coffee.

2. (Optional) Fill your mug with water and put it in the microwave for 1 minute then remove the water.

3. Stir a mixture of Spiced Demerara Syrup, Irish Whiskey, and the brewed coffee.

4. Put Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream and enjoy it.

Iced Irish Coffee recipe

Iced Irish Coffee Recipe

Iced Irish Coffee Recipe


  • 3 to 4 Ice cubes
  • 3 oz. of Hazelnut Syrup
  • 4/3 oz. of Irish Whiskey
  • 3 oz. of dark roasted coffee
  • 1 to 2 oz. of heavy cream (whipped)

1. Add ice cubes into a Rock Glass

2. Add Hazelnut syrup and Irish Whiskey, stir the mixture.

3. Add the brewed coffee to the stirred mixture.

4. Add heavy cream on top of the mixture. The cream will sink to the bottom of the glass.

5. Stir the mixture well and enjoy it.

Tips to make the best out of Irish coffee recipes

DIY Irish coffee

Tips to make the best Irish coffee

We have just introduced some Irish coffee formulas. All good but there are tips to perfect your DIY Irish coffee.

  • Use dark or medium roasted coffee. The stronger the coffee, the better.
  • No matter what Irish coffee version, preheat your glass would make the best out of your Irish coffee recipes.
  • Different Irish coffee formulas come different Whiskey. Standard brands such as Jameson or Bushmills normally work best. However, you are recommended to try different brands of Whiskey, you may invent your own version of Irish coffee recipes.
  • It’s a good idea to use Baileys Irish Creamer as a sweetener.

Final thoughts:

It’s not hard to DIY your own cup of Irish coffee at home, you can possibly invent your own version of Irish coffee. I personally love the original taste of the classic Irish coffee formula. But my only twist is using maple syrup instead of sugar. The natural taste of maple syrup creates one of my beautiful Irish coffee recipes. I believe some of my shared Irish coffee recipes help you make your own Irish coffee at home as a piece of cake. Want to know more recipes? Let’s explore more about other foods and drink recipes.  

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