Irish Coffee – Have a Jolly St. Patrick’s Weekend!

“As always at an Irish dinner party, there were three desserts – vanilla ice cream, a chocolate mousse covered with whipped cream and chopped nuts, and fruit salad with maraschino liqueur and thick cream poured on.

Sherry was served with the grapefruit, a Rhine wine with the chicken and champagne with dessert.

Coffee and liqueurs were served in the drawing room, and entertainment was supplied by a collection of stereo slides of American scenes. There were enthusiastically received, for no one had ever seen stereo slides before…”

by Margaret Rudkin 1953

Illustration from “Pepperidge Farm Cookbook” 1965

Irish Coffee

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  • coffee
  • sugar
  • whiskey
  • heavy cream



For each person: In a stemmed goblet put 1 teaspoon fine granulated sugar. Fill the glass 3/4 full with very hot coffee. Stir quickly to dissolve the sugar. Add one ounce of your preferred whiskey or liqueur and stir once.


Top off with heavy thick cream poured on over the top of an upside-down spoon held just over the top of the coffee so the cream floats on the surface about one inch thick.


Do not stir!


The true flavor comes only by drinking the hot coffee through the cold thick cream. Enjoy!


Irish Coffee can be made with Irish whiskey or American Bourbon whiskey.

Irish coffee with cream and whisky

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    March 14, 2014 at 7:18 am

    The best coffee, especially for cooler weather 🙂

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    March 14, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Exquisite! Oh, I love your vintage coffee grinder.



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    Angie Schneider
    March 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I would love one! You too have a wonderful weekend!

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    La Table De Nana
    March 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Love the tray and the grinder:)
    You must have such great little stashes of unique cool things:)
    All organized..and tidy.

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    Shibi Thomas
    March 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Where do you get these props Yelena? They aways amazes me. I believe you have a good collection of these rustic looking props. Love them 🙂

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    March 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Shibi, yes I do have a large collection of props, I can open a shop if I want to-)) I have a post about my props from last year: https://www.melangery.com/2013/01/props-for-food-photography-tutorial-1.html

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    Te de Ternura
    March 15, 2014 at 3:33 am


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    Crystal S. | Apples & Sparkle
    March 15, 2014 at 6:44 am

    STUNNING photos! I do so want to drink the hot coffee through the cold cream! : )Yum!

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    March 15, 2014 at 8:34 am

    oh yes.. i want to have one glass. maybe 2.

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    carol cox
    March 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    i know what i'll be having for breakfast on Monday!! in honor of my irish roots… thanks for the recipe

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    March 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful coffee grinder Yelana. You certainly find some gorgeously photogenic things for your spectacular images :). Love the recipe but love and appreciate the images more because I KNOW how involved they were to create 🙂

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