Getting coffee into our body somehow is the only way to keep a lot of us going throughout the day. There may be dozens of ways to have your coffee in the morning but is there any better than making it Irish?

For those unlucky souls who have never had Irish coffee before, we're here to change that. The only thing you really need to add to your already made cup is Irish whiskey and a dollop of cream, maybe nutmeg if you're feeling up for a sweetened brew. However you prefer to drink it, your friends at Oola are here to show you how to whip up a traditional cup.

How To Make Irish Coffee

a close up shot of a cup of irish coffee

What You'll Need

You really don't need anything more than a few ingredients, plenty of which you may already be adding to your cup.

  • 1 cup of hot, brewed coffee
  • 1.5 oz of Irish whiskey
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 1 oz of heavy cream, lightly whipped


  • Pour hot water into your glass or mug of choice, then pour the water out. This helps keep your mug warm.
  • Fill your mug about ¾ of the way with coffee.
  • Add your brown sugar to the coffee and stir until it dissolves completely.
  • Add your Irish whiskey and stir thoroughly.
  • To add your cream, pour it over the back of a spoon. This ensures that it stays afloat your coffee and doesn't ruin the aesthetic or the proper layering.
  • If you'd like to add something extra, sprinkle some nutmeg over the top. Drink while it's hot.

Additional Methods

What ingredients should you add to a traditional cup of Irish coffee if you're looking to shake things up? Well, the first is that you can add some granulated sugar in with your brown sugar for extra sweetness. All you need is one teaspoon and you're good to go.

Whiskey is a staple for making a traditional Irish coffee, which is why it's pretty important to know which ones work best for you. You can use Teeling Small Batch for a lighter taste or stick with Jameson if you're looking to keep things really authentic. You also don't need to stick with only Irish whiskey. For example, one popular choice is to splash in 1 ½ ounces of Bailey's Irish cream in with your whiskey. You can also swap out the whiskey entirely and replace it with equal parts rum.

One final change you can make is to sprinkle different things on top of your cream. If you're not a fan of nutmeg then you can swap it out for cinnamon or even chocolate. Plus, chocolate and whiskey? Yes, please.

irish coffee on a wooden surface next to coffee beans

There are a few ways you can change things up if you're not a traditional kind of person. If you're more onboard with authenticity then feel free to stick to the original recipe. Either way, Irish coffee is just as adaptable as brewing the regular stuff. The only difference is, Irish coffee is way better.

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