Irish Coffee

Learn how to make a traditional Irish Coffee using black coffee, sugar, Irish whiskey and a float of whipped cream.

Irish Coffee


  • Hot black coffee
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 11/2 to 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • Whipped cream (see notes)


  1. Fill a 6-ounce glass with very hot water to preheat it, then empty it out and replace it with 4 ounces of hot coffee. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the Irish whiskey, then gently pour the whipped cream over the back of a spoon so it floats on the top.


Recipe Notes:

For best results, whip a small amount of heavy cream until it lightens and thickens slightly, but is still pourable.