You’ve probably heard of Irish coffee, a fun drink to make during a cold, gloomy day. It will surely perk you up and lift your spirits! While you can order them in bars and restaurants, you can also try to make Irish coffee at home! 

Here’s how you can make the best cup of Irish coffee…

How do you make Irish coffee: Recipe & step-by-step instructions 

Ingredients in making Irish coffee 

  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 shot of Double espresso
  • 1 portion Hot chocolate powder
  • 25 ml Irish Whiskey (Jameson is preferred) 
  • 1 tsp whipped cream

Instructions on making Irish coffee

  1. Warm two coffee glasses and add the whiskey.
  2. Dissolve the brown sugar in whiskey.
  3. Add the coffee and stir well. Whip the cream lightly but still able to pour.
  4. The lightly whipped cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little as you pour, the cream should float on top.
  5. Garnish with hot chocolate powder.

What’s the best cream to use for Irish coffee?

Irish-branded cream for Irish coffee? Of course! However, no matter what brand you use, it’s really up to how you whisk your heavy cream. Make sure to use a hand mixer or blender for best results. 

How to make Irish coffee with cream

Just follow the steps listed above and make sure to use quality ingredients. Whisk until the cream is fluffy so that it doesn’t melt right away. 

How to make Irish coffee with single cream

Single cream is a richer version of milk and it will not whip if boiled. Sadly, it cannot be used as a substitute for double cream especially if it needs whipping.

How to make cream float on Irish coffee

You must pour the whipped cream over the back of the spoon which helps it float better!

What alcohol should you use to create the perfect cup of Irish coffee? 

Different variations of this favourite drink may warrant different methods of preparation. Here are some of the most famous mixes. 

How to make Irish coffee using Baileys

For this, you need 2 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream, 6 oz Hot Coffee, 1 oz Irish Whiskey, and some whipped cream.

  1. Mix Baileys, coffee, and whiskey in a tall glass. 
  2. Top it with whipped cream if you’d like. 
  3. Serve and enjoy. 

How to make Irish coffee with Brandy

You can also make Irish coffee with brandy such as Kahlua or Tia Maria. For this recipe, you need: 250ml coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua or Tia Maria, 250ml brandy, 125ml creme de cacao, 1 pot coffee for eight cups, whipped cream, and 2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles. 

  1. This recipe makes eight cups so divide the different liquids into eight parts or cups. 
  2. Mix the contents well. 
  3. Top it off with some whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. 

How to make Irish coffee with Jameson

Since Jameson is a brand of whiskey, simply use this as part of the recipe and do the steps provided above. 

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How do you make good Irish coffee without some ingredients?

Perhaps you want to modify the recipe for an Irish coffee or maybe you’re also missing some ingredients. Here’s how you can still make a good cup of coffee: 

How to make Irish coffee without alcohol

Yes, you can make Irish coffee without the alcohol! 

  1. Make your coffee using quality coffee beans and state-of-the-art coffee machines.
  2. Instead of alcohol that you pour in, you may use an extract such as rum extract!
  3. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. 
  4. Pour the cream on top. 
  5. If you want it to be sweeter, you may also dust the cream with some cocoa powder!

How to make Irish coffee without cream

You can replace cream with 2 cups of eggnog instead to create an eggnog-like Irish coffee. 

  1. Brew your coffee and mix in sugar, liqueur, and brandy.
  2. Top it with some eggnog. 
  3. Sprinkle nutmeg on top!

How to make Irish coffee without whiskey 

You can create Irish coffee without whiskey by replacing it with an extract for the same flavours. Another option is to use citrus instead!

  1. Add 1 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. orange juice, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and ¼ tsp vanilla extract. Stir. 
  2. Pour in freshly brewed hot coffee. 
  3. Top off the coffee with whipped heavy cream. 
  4. Sprinkle cocoa powder if desired. 

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