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How to Make Irish Coffee

The Irish are distinctly known for their love of good stout and good whiskey, so it’s no surprise that Jack Koeppler, owner of the San Francisco restaurant the Buena Vista in 1952, teamed up with travel writer Stanton Delaplane to recreate a tasty Irish coffee recipe the former had enjoyed during a pass-through at Ireland’s Shannon Airport.

The delicious Irish coffee recipe featured Irish whiskey and cream, and is still served at the restaurant today. These two are often credited for bringing Irish coffee as we know it now to America. Boy, are we glad they did!

With its dark coffee flavor and sweet brown sugar, it almost tastes like chocolate. Add whiskey and top it with whipped cream to create a warming and smooth cocktail coffee, great for a cool night. It’s the perfect accompaniment to serve alongside dessert, too.

We made the St. Paddy’s Day favorite in the Hamilton Beach BrewStation®. See how to make Irish coffee in the recipe below.

Irish Coffee

Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen


  • 6 ounces dark brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Whipped cream


  1. Place Irish whiskey and brown sugar in a mug.
  2. Add coffee to mug and stir. Top with whipped cream.


We love using our Brewstation® Coffee Maker to brew delicious, dark roast coffee for this cocktail.

 More ideas for St. Patrick’s Day:


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