There are two things I remember about the first time I noticed my father ordering an Irish coffee in a restaurant. I thought it was a drink that was created just for him because his birthday was on St. Patrick’s Day (even though it wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day when he ordered it.) Also, when I found out there was whiskey in it, I thought it sounded disgusting.

I now know that the drink wasn’t created just for my dad, and that the drink is not disgusting. It’s a real treat when it’s cold outside.


  • 1 coffee mug, warmed
  • 6 oz good, strong coffee, preferably made in a French press
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar (can use more or less, depending on preferred sweetness)
  • 2 oz Irish whiskey, or whiskey of your choice
  • whipped cream, or heavy cream that has been lightly whipped
  1. Warm the coffee mug by pouring boiling water in it, and then pour the water out.
  2. Add the coffee and brown sugar. Stir.
  3. Pour in the whiskey. Stir.
  4. Top with whipped cream, OR for a more traditional topping, use heavy cream that has been whipped lightly (to a custard consistency) and pour it over the back of the spoon so it sits on top of the coffee and doesn’t sink in.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

How to make Irish Coffee
You don't have to be Irish to try this whiskey-filled classic hot drink.