This Irish Coffee Recipe Will Jazz up Your Hudson Valley Java

Drink your dessert with this sweet beverage for St. Patrick's Day, courtesy of a classic perfected by The Culinary Institute of America.

For coffee with a kick, add whiskey — naturally. In this recipe by The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Irish whiskey harmonizes with rich java and a touch of brown sugar for a libation that you’ll want to drink throughout the cold season. Pick the Irish whiskey of your choice, but don’t skip out on the whipped cream (bonus points if you DIY). After all, there’s just something about the sweet cream atop the spiked caffeine concoction that makes each sip even better.

So, are you ready to whip up your very own Irish coffee at home? It’s an ideal recipe if you’re looking to create one of the signature libations of the region’s Irish bars and pubs, and it’s a fun way to wind down after a day filled with St. Patrick’s Day parades and events in the Hudson Valley.

Here’s how to make the boozy brew with a touch of sweetness and tons of creaminess right from the comfort of your kitchen. And, if you love whipping up this recipe from the CIA, the Hyde Park school offers a number of single-day and bootcamp courses that can take your culinary prowess to the next level.

Irish Coffee

Course: DrinksCuisine: IrishDifficulty: Easy


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This Irish coffee recipe from the Culinary Institute of America is delightful for St. Patrick's Day or whenever you crave a warm cocktail.


  • Warm water, as needed

  • 8 oz fresh, hot coffee

  • 1½ oz Irish whiskey

  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 heaping Tbsp of fresh, lightly whipped cream


  • Pour warm water into a heat-proof coffee glass and let it sit for 60 seconds.
  • Pour out the water and add the sugar, Irish whiskey, and coffee. Stir to dissolve the sugar, about 10 seconds.
  • Pour the lightly whipped cream on the back side of a spoon into the coffee.
  • Serve immediately.

Want to pair your homemade Irish coffee with a sweet treat? To keep with the Irish theme, this soda bread is an ideal accompaniment, while these chocolate stout oatmeal cookies just beg to be dunked. For a slightly healthier alternative, these chocolate, hazelnut, and ginger clusters are just sweet enough to hit the spot without feeling like you’re going overboard.

If you’d prefer to serve this as a sweet ending to a full-blown Irish dinner, consider whipping up this Irish lamb stew or this Irish-inspired cheddar cheese soup for the main course. Either way, you can’t go wrong with serving these “tattooed” potatoes as a side.

Related: Make This Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe at Home

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