Irish coffee is a warming and tasty winter drink. It's just coffee, whisky, your favorite sweetener, and a couple of dollops of fluffy whipped cream. It's coffee with a sweet, boozy kick!
WHO CREATED IRISH COFFEE?
If you're wondering who came up with this wonderful concept, you can credit Joe Sheridan, an Irish chef. He opened a new restaurant at Foynes Airfield in Ireland in 1943. He stumbled and found a boat of stranded passengers who had returned to the base owing to a winter storm one day.
Sheridan decided they could all use a pick-me-up and made a round of Irish coffee. Surprisingly, Americans like the touch of whisky in their steaming coffee. As their plane returned to North America, so did this delectable Irish cuisine.
IRISH COFFEE INGREDIENTS
Coffee: Make 6 ounces of your favorite coffee (about ¾ cup).
Irish Whiskey: You'll need 1 ½ or 3 teaspoons. You may use any Irish whisky, but the finest gluten-free ones are listed below.
Sugar: 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar was added to sweeten this up. Nevertheless, you may use maple syrup or keto-friendly sugar.
Whipping Cream: To make the fluffy topping, whip up some heavy cream. For a dairy-free option, create coconut whipped cream.
WHAT WHISKEY BRANDS ARE GLUTEN-FREE?
Whether you're celiac or gluten-free, whisky is one of those subtle components. While whisky is created from gluten-containing grains, the gluten is eliminated during the distillation process (to less than 20 ppm), making it officially gluten-free but likely not really gluten-free.
When it comes to whisky, the more distillations the better, as it is more likely to be gluten-free. Just be sure there are no gluten-containing colorings or flavorings added after distillation.
The Irish whisky used in this recipe, Jameson Whiskey, is triple distilled. Even so, some people may still be sensitive to it. It is really personal, and you should always listen to your body.
If you want to be assured that the whisky in your drink is gluten-free, choose sorghum or millet whisky. Among the brands are:
- Hyde, James F.C. Sorgho Whiskey is manufactured entirely of sorghum.
- New Southern Revival Koval Millet Whiskey: produced from 100% millet Sorghum Whiskey: made entirely of sorghum.
- Queen Jennie Sorghum Whiskey: made entirely of sorghum.
- S.S. Sorghum Whiskey is manufactured entirely from sorghum.
HOW TO MAKE IRISH COFFEE
All you have to do is combine the coffee, whisky, and sweetener. After that add a layer of whipped cream as a topping.
- Fill a heat-safe cup halfway with maple syrup.
- Pour the coffee into the mug and swirl to incorporate the syrup.
- Stir in the Irish whisky once more.
- Serve immediately with whipped cream!
- 6 oz freshly brewed coffee
- 1 ½ oz Irish whiskey
- teaspoon coconut sugar, or other sweetener
- whipped cream
- Pour the hot coffee into a mug, about ⅔ of the way full.
- Stir in the whiskey and your sweetener of choice.
- Top with the whipped cream. If your whipped cream is lightly whipped, you may need to pour it slowly over a spoon so it floats on top. Serve while the drink is still warm.
- You can serve this cocktail in a traditional Irish Coffee mug or a more modern glass mug like the one I used in the photos. But either way glass is preferred so you can see those layers!