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How to Make Irish Coffee

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by Nicole Diebold

March 09, 2022

3 minute read

I’m a coffee addict. And… I’m Irish. My maiden name is Sullivan and my absolute favourite meal is Corned Beef & Cabbage, followed closely by Shepherd’s Pie. I love a good Irish Soda Bread. I went to college in Boston, always wore my Claddagh Ring… I’ve explored the streets of Dublin and kissed the Blarney Stone (I definitely got the gift of gab!). But being an Irish girl with a caffeine problem has not made me a natural for making my own Irish Coffee – a cocktail that blends sweetened coffee, Irish whiskey and whipped cream into a mouth-watering concoction guaranteed to warm you right down to the bone on the coldest of winter days. I live in Rhode Island, where the Collette HQ is, and this frosty, wintery weekend is bringing snow my way. Lots and lots of snow (I’ve heard the word “blizzard” murmured) – so a hot coffee drink with a little dash of whiskey sounds great right about now.


I’ve tried a few recipes and want to share one that I found on Kitchn (link below) that is as easy as it is tasty:



·      ounces of hot, freshly brewed coffee

·      teaspoon of granulated sugar

·      1 teaspoon of packed brown sugar

·      1 1/2 ounces of Irish whiskey

·      Freshly whipped cream (see Recipe Notes)



1.     Preheat your mug, then fill with coffee. Pour hot water into a mug or heatproof glass to take the chill off. Pour out the water. This will also prevent your glass from cracking. Fill the mug about 3/4 full with the coffee.

2.     Add sweetener. Add the granulated and brown sugars and stir until fully dissolved.

3.     Add Irish whiskey. Add the whiskey and stir to incorporate.

4.     Top with whipped cream. If using lightly whipped cream, pour it slowly over a warm spoon onto the coffee, being careful not to break the coffee's surface. This takes some practice. A more foolproof way to not break the surface is to whip the cream a bit more and dollop it gently on top. Drink while hot!


Click here for the full write up of the Kitchn - Irish Coffee Recipe.


And if you want to see another way to get into the spirit of this ‘spirited’ drink, check out this Instagram video from Paul Treyvaud of Treyvauld’s Restaurant in Killarney, a longtime partner of Collette’s. He shares his tips for making the perfect, steaming cup of Irish Coffee with our travellers.



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