Recipe: Irish Coffee - Visit Colorado Springs Blog

Recipe: Irish Coffee

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with a truly Irish drink! Recipe courtesy of Jack Quinn's Irish Pub & Restaurant.

The history of the Irish Coffee (well, one story that claims to be the original) is that, in the early stages of Trans-Atlantic flight, the planes only had enough fuel to get to Ireland. So, a top off to continue to London or wherever was perfect for Shannon Airport (main airport in the west of Ireland). The passengers would inevitably want to go stretch their legs and walkabout the terminal where they could get a meal or drink. Someone decided to have a coffee with a generous dollop of whip cream on top, and the chef (Michael Sheridan) suggested a little extra in there to make it Irish and a shot of whiskey was added. And thus, Irish Coffee was born. 


1) Only ever use glasses made to be used with boiling water (heat treated)
2) Pre-heat the glass with boiled water
3) Add a shot of (your favorite) Irish Whiskey with a tablespoon of brown sugar
4) Fill glass to about ½ inch from the rim with freshly brewed black coffee (the fuller flavor the better)
5) Stir until all the sugar is dissolved
6) Pour over whipped cream (not stiff like meringue but whipped enough to pour and not sink into the coffee)
7) Garnish with a small sprinkle of brown sugar

Tip: Start with a smaller amount of cream since it's easier to add more to the drink than take it away.