What is Irish Coffee?

irish coffee

Irish coffee, a gluten-free coffee, is mostly consumed to heat up your body. A small amount of whiskey is also added to it, depending upon the taste and quality. Still, it is a wrong perspective that it will doze you off. However, it will make your mood lighten up and happy and gooey. This is because when you take caffeine and alcohol together, caffeine masks some of the effects of alcohol.

On the other hand, people have also researched that it may deteriorate our bodily functions; for example, this bad combination may deteriorate our motor skills, further compromising our nervous system. So it’s a long debate whether it has good or bad effects on your body.


Irish coffee in a glass

Irish coffee was first found on the west coast of Ireland in 1942, an arrival point to the air travels between Europe and the United States and Canada. At that time, Foynes was a popular town known for hospitality as they welcomed all those weary travelers. One night, when a plane had a sudden return, head chef Joe Sheridan made coffees incorporated with brown sugar, whiskey, and cream to warm up the passengers.

After having those coffees, people were fond of it, and from there, the most famous Irish coffee was born. For several years, this drink was only made there until Stanton Delaplane took the recipe back to Buena Vista Hotel in San Francisco, which was a huge milestone to be reached. As this drink became popular worldwide, the Buena Vista Hotel now serves more than 2,000 coffees daily. Amazing, isn’t it?


  1. 2 tbsp. of double cream
  2. 150ml freshly brewed black coffee
  3. 50ml Irish whiskey
  4. ½ to 1 tsp. brown sugar
  5. A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (optional)


  1. First of all, whip the cream until it is slightly thickened, and set it aside.
  2. Now, pour the coffee into your favorite mugs and add Irish whiskey and sugar until it dissolves.
  3. After that, put the cream on top of it and sprinkle the nutmeg over the cream to give it a pleasant touch.
  4. Serve it hot!

Give your guests this Irish coffee after dinner; it is the perfect end to your meal.

Best Places to Drink Irish Coffees

irish coffee glasses

1. The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco, CA

The Buena Vista Café is the most famous cafe, serving more than 2000 cups daily.

2. Tom Bergin’s in Los Angeles, CA

Tom Bergin’s use Tullamore dew in their coffees along with using simple sugars than the cubes and top it off with heavy Irish cream

3. The Dead Rabbit in New York

The Dead Rabbit makes sugar-free Irish coffee, and the cream is hand whisked. The ratio of whiskey to coffee is maintained by 1.5 to 4 oz.

4. The Local in Minneapolis

Their recipe is a secret, only known to the chef. But what I know is that they put house-made Irish cream topped with vanilla bean whipped cream.

5. S. McHugh’s in Seattle, WA

A high-fat cream is used with a minimum of 40% butterfat, which comes from Medosweet Farms.  After that, Tullamore dew is poured with one cube of sugar to make the best tasting Irish coffee.