How to make amazing Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee is one of those comfort drinks that is best enjoyed in cosy surroundings, preferably in front of a roaring fire after an amazing day of trekking across Ireland. It was first conceived at Foynes airbase in County Limerick, as a way of keeping passengers warm during re-fuelling in cold winter months. Today it’s a year-round treat, and if you’re kicking back after a day of exploring, an Irish coffee equals pure relaxation. We’ve been very busy here in the Ireland Ways kitchen perfecting our recipe, and conducting vigorous taste testing. It’s tough work but somebody’s got to do it!

Here’s our breakdown of the perfect Irish Coffee:


  • 50ml Of Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 150ml of freshly brewed good quality coffee
  • 2 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 Vanilla pod
  • Sprinkle of Nutmeg
  • Whipped Cream


Place a spoon into an Irish Coffee glass and fill it with hot water before emptying it again. You need to heat the glass before pouring coffee into it or you run the risk of a cracked glass, and a very messy workspace!

Pour the freshly brewed coffee, 50 ml of whiskey and two tablespoons of muscovado sugar into the cub and stir well to combine them. The sugar is essential for taste, but it also ensures that your cream will float because, well, SCIENCE!

Next up is the cream, and this is a part where a lot of people go wrong. You don’t want spray can cream, and you also don’t want to overly whip fresh cream. Begin to whip your fresh cream in a bowl and stop when its just fluffy enough to roll off a spoon. That’s the sweet spot, use a spoon to dollop a thick layer of creamy goodness on top of the coffee before grating a sprinkle of nutmeg over it.

To stir or not to stir that is the question… An Irish coffee should always be presented with a beautiful layer of cream sitting neatly on top of the dark mixture. There’s an argument that says the drink stays hotter for longer if you don’t stir the cream in. We use a vanilla pod to stir the drink at this point, because really, it wont last long enough to get cold when you make it like this! Perfection.

Irish Coffee on the Road 

So now you can make a great Irish coffee at home, but what about when you are out on the trail in Ireland? Who are the masters of craft that have perfected their own versions of this delicious drink? Here’s our recommendations for Irish Coffee experts on our most popular trails:

Hannigans- Killarney- Dingle Peninsula

Slattery’s- Dublin – Wicklow Way

The Red Fox Inn – Glenbeigh-  The Kerry Way

The Atlantic Bar- Kenmare- The Beara Way

Cronins Sheebeen – Westport – Achill Island Greenway