Get free shipping. Add $50 to cart
Looking to venture out a bit when it comes to your usual cup of joe?
I know, I know, there’s not a lot of ways to improve on something already so amazing. But our Irish friends, their eyes smiling, may have something to say about that sentiment.
Rivaling the amazing with the excellent, Irish coffee isn’t your ordinary cup of joe!
Truly, this type of coffee is a cocktail. And, beginning with delicious coffee as its base, a bit of sugar, whiskey (Irish whiskey, of course), and smooth, rich cream are added to create one of the world’s most popular coffee beverages!
But, before we explore some decadently delicious variations of this spectacular cocktail, journey with me to Ireland and insert yourself into this story as we have a short, fun history lesson prior to sipping.
Picture it, Ireland, 1940…
We’re on an airbase, and it’s pouring down rain. So, of course, flights are delayed left and right.
Looking for something to do to pass the time, along with many other wet, cold, weary, stranded travelers, we stumble into an onsite restaurant.
The chef there, he takes pity on us. Yes, just the sight of us, drenched and freezing, sends him behind the bar where he creates something truly amazing (a staple in airport lounges to this day)!
“You folks look like you could use a pick me up, something truly special.”
One by one, the chef brings out this smooth, creamy concoction for each traveler.
It’s slightly sweet, but the main flavors shine through: bold, stout coffee, a bit of bite from the whiskey, and silky, smooth cream floating on top.
Minus the DeLorean, let’s bring things back to the present…
Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for time spent traveling and hours in and out of the typical airport hustle and bustle to enjoy this classic, creamy, delicious drink!
Not only is this cocktail easy to make, you can also play around a bit with the classic ingredients to truly find your precise, exceptional, personal favorite.
A little timid when it comes to experimentation? Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:
Substitute maple syrup instead of the typical brown sugar.
Use straight heavy cream for topping, or whip the cream with a little sweetness to top your drink.
Most stick to Irish whiskey for the alcohol content, but this element can be substituted too, as there are multiple types of whiskey (or some bourbons as a close cousin) that are delicious in this drink.
We’re going straight-laced here. No messing around.
Here you’ll get the original, classic Irish Coffee recipe where we’ll use our beloved dark roast coffee, a customer favorite!
Brown sugar actually pairs very well with coffee. There’s just something about the slight caramel-like flavor it gives. But, I’m sure you’ve noticed that coffee shops and diners around the world typically do not set out packets or glass jars of brown sugar.
No, most go with the classic, more fairly colored, plain white sugar. And, that’s why we’re including this slight variation on the original, basic, Irish Coffee recipe...where you’ll basically only be switching out the sweet component in the drink.
So, if you prefer one lump...or two...of white sugar, as opposed to cane’s less sweet, but more darkly colored counterpart, then this Irish Coffee is for you.
The sweet element for this variation of a classic Irish Coffee comes from maple syrup, which we all know is made from the sap of a maple tree (pure maple syrup that is, which is what I most definitely recommend for this recipe).
This small switch from the classic Irish Coffee recipe still allows for a slightly sweet element, but you’ll get to enjoy a hint of wonderful maple flavor in the background as well. Delicious...and boozy!
Slightly more creamy, definitely more boozy, this delicious take on a classic Irish Coffee will make you dance!
Okay, so maybe you won’t dance. But, if you like your cocktails on the creamy side, you’ll love this one!
Sometimes the classics will do, and sometimes the classics can be elevated with a little spice!
This irish coffee recipe takes the classic version and adds a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to give the cocktail a subtle new flavoring. Come on, who doesn’t need a little spice in their life, right?
In a small saucepan, stir together water, sugar, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil for 2 minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let cool. (store remaining syrup in the refrigerator)
Dark roasted coffee selections make perfect mates to alcohol as their bold flavors easily stand up the equally bold flavors commonly found in most spirits.
The following recipes from our ebook include our highly popular Lifeboost dark roast along with both classic and unique alcohol pairings to deliver delicious cocktails that you can enjoy at any time.
Mint in an Irish Coffee?? Yes, and, you're welcome!
Don’t be a skeptic, because this chocolatey take on an Irish Coffee, with a slight mintiness resting on top, is rich with flavor throughout!
Most Irish Coffee cocktails are served hot. But, frankly, some of us just loved iced coffee.
So, this one is for all the iced coffee fans out there looking to add a little creaminess, a little alcohol, and a lot of flavor! (Spoiler alert: this one includes chocolate!!)
Simple...crushed ice is the best, right?
Bonus: You can use regular ice cubes (cough cough, crushed ice cubes) in this recipe, but I would highly recommend taking the time to freeze some of your favorite Lifeboost coffee in an ice cube tray to use here. Coffee ice cubes will keep your drink cold and full of flavor as you sip.
Many folks prefer the pour over method when making their coffee, but have you ever considered making that pour over with whiskey?
This recipe has most of the classic irish coffee elements (with a few subtle additions), but its primary difference lies in the prep.
Take a look…and then a taste after you make this outstanding drink!
Okay, if you’re a hardcore traditionalist, I’ll make a plea with you here: please don’t shoot the messenger. I’m only trying to broaden your horizons and bring you a delicious coffee cocktail recipe.
But, no, this one does not contain the classic Irish whiskey that is found in a true Irish Coffee.
Instead, your tastebuds will be wowed with a combination of irish cream liqueur, coffee liqueur, and of course, amazing coffee.
Like iced coffee?
Like frozen, slushy, milkshake-like coffee treats?
How about a boozy Irish Coffee version of the above two tasty treats?
I know, I know, we’re bordering on controversy again here as this one also pushes the boundaries on a true Irish Coffee, but to be honest...
I’ll race you to the kitchen to make this one, because it is truly amazing!
MEDICAL DISCLAIMER This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Charles Livingston nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.