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Irish Coffee + Variations

Irish Coffee cocktail.

While most cocktail drinkers have either had or at least heard of an Irish Coffee, many are unaware that there are actually several variations to the creamy and caffeinated beverage.  The variations all pertain to the base liquor, such as Jameson (an Irish whiskey) being the base liquor for the classic Irish Coffee.  From Ireland to Italy to Jamaica, cocktail drinkers all over the world apparently love mixing liquor with caffeine - who knew! 

Here are the variations and recipes:

Classic Irish Coffee

  • 1 oz Jameson
  • Hot coffee
  • Cream

Italian Coffee

  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • Hot coffee
  • Cream

Jamaican Coffee

  • 1/2 oz Tia Marie
  • 1/2 oz Myer's Rum
  • Hot coffee
  • Cream

Mexican Coffee

  • 1/2 oz Khalúa
  • 1/2 oz Tequila
  • Hot coffee
  • Cream
American Coffee
  • 1 oz Bourbon
  • Hot coffee
  • Cream

Directions for all variations:

Add liquor and/or liqueur to an Irish Coffee mug/glass.  Then add enough hot coffee to the glass so it fills up three-quarters to the top of the glass.  Carefully top off the remaining quarter of the glass with cream (whip cream will do just fine.) The cream must remain afloat because an Irish Coffee is meant to be drunk through the cream.  No need to stir or shake.