Recipe: Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee is delicious any time of year, but tastes extra special as St. Patrick’s Day nears. Essential to this coffee cocktail is a good Irish whiskey. The word whiskey comes from the Gaelic term uisce beatha, meaning “waters of life.”

To make Irish Coffee at home, all you need is brewed coffee, thickened cream, brown sugar and of course, Irish whiskey. The coffee is drunk through a layer of cream, which floats at the top.

We recommend serving your Irish Coffee in a clear glass for beautiful presentation. Keep reading for the recipe and some traditional Irish toasts.

Mollie Stone’s Markets Original Recipe
Serves 1


  • 1 oz Irish whiskey (try Bushmills or Kilbeggan)
  • 8-10 oz hot coffee
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • Brown sugar, to taste


Place the cream in a blender, set to blend (or whip) and count to 13. Cream should be thick but still liquid in consistency.

Pour whiskey into a coffee glass.

Add coffee to the glass. Optional: To sweeten, dissolve brown sugar to taste in hot coffee at this point.

Pour the cream over the back of a spoon to allow it to float on the coffee.

Enjoy with an Irish toast. Here are a few traditional favorites:

A friend’s eye is a good mirror.

May your neighbors respect you, the angles protect you and heaven accept you.

May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you are dead.

Thank you to Cathy G. from Mollie Stone’s for sharing her family recipe and photos!