Irish Coffee: Learn Your Cocktail

By Betchy Crocker

Since we’re all probs still recovering from Tuesday’s green-themed holiday, how appropriate to explain and dive into the fantastic world of Irish coffee?

When you think of Irish coffee, four things should come to mind: coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream. That’s it. So like, who came up with this shit? In the 1940s, Joe Sheridan, a head chef in County Limerick (that’s in Ireland, btw), ran into some tired, cranky, and cold American travelers getting off a Pan Am flight at the Shannon International Airport on a winter night and thought, “Hmm, lemme add some Irish whiskey to this coffee to warm these bitches up.”

Upon tasting the concoction, the Americans were all like “WOAH, this rules. Is it fancy Brazilian coffee?” because Americans like to think they’re worldly and fancy. To which Sheridan was like, “Nah, bro. This is IRISH coffee.”

Now, you can make your very own!


  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsps Irish whiskey (I know you have some Jameson on hand)
  • Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Pour the coffee into a warmed glass until it’s about ¾ full. Add the brown sugar and stir until it’s completely dissolved. Blend in the Irish whiskey. Slowly and gently pour the cream over the back of a spoon held over the coffee and whiskey mixture. Give to your boyfriend and then convince him to buy you whatever you want.




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