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Irish coffee It is a delicious and cozy winter cocktail. It's a simple blend of coffee, whiskey, your sweetener of choice, and a few tablespoons of fluffy whipped cream. It's a coffee with a sweet and drunken kick!
Who created Irish coffee?
If you're wondering who thought of this brilliant idea, you can thank an Irish chef named Joe Sheridan. In 1943, he ran a new restaurant at Foynes Air Base in Ireland. Where one day, he encountered a boat of stranded travelers who returned to the base due to a winter storm.
Sheridan thought they could all use some to pick me up and made a round of Irish coffees. To their surprise, Americans loved the touch of whiskey in their hot coffee. And when your plane returned to North America, so did this delicious Irish recipe.
Irish Coffee Ingredients
- coffee: Prepare about 6 ounces of your favorite coffee (also about 3/4 cup).
- Irish whiskey: You will need 1 1/2 oz or 3 tablespoons. You can use any Irish whiskey, but check out the best gluten-free options below.
- Sugar: I have used 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar to sweeten this. But you can also use maple syrup or a keto-friendly sugar.
- Whipped cream: Whisk a little thick cream to create the fluffy filling. Or make coconut whipped cream for a dairy-free option.
Which brands of whiskey are gluten free?
Whiskey is one of those nuanced ingredients if you're celiac or gluten-free. While whiskey is made from grains that contain gluten, gluten is removed in the distillation process (below 20 ppm), making it technically gluten-free, but probably not 100% gluten-free.
The more distillations, the better when it comes to whiskey, as it's likely gluten-free. Just make sure there are no added colors or flavors after distillation that may contain gluten.
Jameson Whiskey, the Irish whiskey used in this recipe is triple distilled. But even with that, some people may be sensitive to it. It is very individual and you should always listen to your body.
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If you want to be 100% sure, the whiskey in your cocktail is 100% gluten-free, then opt for a whiskey made from sorghum or millet. Some brands include:
- James F.C. Whiskey Hyde Sorgho: made from 100% sorghum
- Koval Millet Whiskey: made from 100% millet
- New Southern Revival sorghum whiskey: made from 100% sorghum
- Whiskey Queen Jennie Sorghum: made from 100% sorghum
- Sorghum Whiskey S.S .: made from 100% sorghum
How to make Irish coffee
All you need to do is mix the coffee, whiskey, and sweetener. Then put on a layer of whipped cream.
- Pour the maple syrup into a heat-resistant cup.
- Pour the coffee into the cup and stir until the syrup is combined.
- Add the Irish whiskey and stir again.
- Top with whipped cream and serve immediately!
More Irish-inspired recipes
Do you need any more ideas for St. Patrick's Day? Something to combine with your Irish coffee? Try these tasty recipes.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Irish coffee is a cozy winter cocktail that is a simple blend of coffee, whiskey, sugar and a few tablespoons of fluffy whipped cream!
- 6 oz fresh coffee
- 1 1/2 oz of Irish whiskey
- 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar or other sweetener
- whipped cream
Pour the hot coffee into a cup, about 2/3 of the way full.
Add the whiskey and sweetener of your choice.
Top with the whipped cream. If your whipped cream is lightly whipped, you may need to slowly pour it over a spoon to float on top. Serve while the drink is still warm.
- You can serve this cocktail in a traditional Irish coffee mug or in a more modern glass mug like the one I used in the photos. But glass is preferred anyway so you can see those layers!
Calories: 127kcal, Carbs: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 83mg, Sugar: 4g