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Toasted Cream Irish Coffee – An Irish Whiskey Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

A coffee and Irish whiskey cocktail. How can you go wrong with this Toasted Cream Irish Coffee?


We are both big fans of coffee and you would be hard pressed to find a morning where we don’t have a big mug of coffee in hand. Coffee even finds a way into our after dinner routine pretty regularly when we finish up dinners. Especially after on special occasions like holidays (St. Patrick’s Day anyone?) or celebrations.


Toasted Cream Irish Coffee

One way we like to spice up those special coffees is to make the classic Irish Coffee, a traditional coffee cocktail! Of course we didn’t just stop at the traditional Irish Coffee, we took it to a new level with our Toasted Cream Irish Coffee!


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A mug of Toasted Cream Irish Coffee garnished with Lucky Charm's Marshmallow

The Irish Coffee is a simple cocktail, with just four ingredients, hot coffee, sugar, cream and Irish whiskey. This makes a warm, slightly sweet cocktail that is perfect for a brunch or as a warming drink on a cold winter day. In fact, a cold day in 1942 is how the Irish coffee is reputed to came into being. When a Pan Am Clipper Flying Boat had to return to Ireland after failing to make it across the Atlantic and land in the United States due to a big winter storm.

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As the passengers disembarked, the airport head chef (flying was way more of a classy affair back then, right?) handed them a warm sweet coffee with whiskey and a float of cream on it to help them warm up and recover from their arduous journey. Much to the passengers’ delight, this drink not only was delicious, but it was something new to them. When they asked the chef what they were having, he replied “Irish Coffee!”

A mug of Toasted Cream Irish Coffee garnished with Lucky Charm's Marshmallow

Back in those days, the folks who were flying the Pan Am Clippers were real movers and shakers, and the popularity of Ireland’s Shannon Airport’s Irish Coffee caught the attention of an influential travel writer.  This writer was Stanton Delaplane, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from the San Fransisco Chronicle.


Delaplane was so taken by this drink, especially the way that Joe Sheridan, the head chef at Shannon Airport, got the foam to float on top. Deplane brought the idea back with him to San Fransisco and worked with the Buena Vista Cafe to perfect Irish Coffee.

A mug of Toasted Cream Irish Coffee garnished with Lucky Charm's Marshmallow

How do they make an Irish Coffee?

They first started with hot coffee poured into a mug, then Irish Whiskey is poured into the coffee. Brown sugar is added into the coffee and whiskey and stirred until fully dissolved then comes the magic… Floating the cream!


Lightly whipped cream is poured slowly over the back of an upside down spoon which helps gently layer it on top of the sweetened coffee and whiskey! Boom, you have Irish Coffee!

A mug of Toasted Cream Irish Coffee garnished with Lucky Charm's Marshmallow

What Ingredients are Needed for the Toasted Cream Irish Whisky?

  • Toasted Cream
  • Sugar
  • Coffee
  • Brown Sugar
  • Irish Whisky


Okay, enough with the history, what about the drinking? We did say we took the traditional Irish cream up to a new level and mentioned a Toasted Cream Irish Coffee! We have been on a roll recently making toasted cream cocktails (like this amazing Chai Toasted Cream White Russian) ever since we discovered a way to make toasted cream in our Instant Pot!


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Well, what if we took all those fun butterscotch, caramel and deep browned butter flavors and added that to the simple Irish Coffee?

A mug of Toasted Cream Irish Coffee garnished with Lucky Charm's Marshmallow

A good Irish whiskey typically is smooth and slightly sweet, with hints of toasted grain, honey, and vanilla. All of these flavors go really well with those butterscotch and caramel of toasted cream, all of which make this one heck of a good pair! We added just a hint of brown sugar to the toasted cream to help it whip up (just lightly to give it a little structure) and then after we mixed up the sweetened coffee and whiskey mixture we floated it on top!


Adding the toasted cream to an Irish Coffee makes this traditional cocktail into one deliciously delightful drink. It is sure to spice up your next celebration (if you just happen to be Irish or of Irish decent and want to kick up your next celebration) why not try our Toasted Cream Irish Coffee?


Try out our St Patrick’s Day Vodka Drinks or Irish Cream Cocktail Recipes, too!




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Toasted Cream Irish Coffee - An Irish Whiskey Cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A perfect alternative to green beer on St. Patrick's Day, this Irish Coffee will warm you up, as well as our touch of toasted cream makes it wonderfully decadent.


Toasted Cream Irish Coffee


Preheat your mug with hot water, then fill with coffee. Fill the mug 3/4 full with the coffee.

Add the sugars and stir until fully dissolved.

Add whiskey and stir to incorporate.

If using lightly whipped cream, pour it slowly over a warm spoon onto the coffee, being careful not to break the coffee's surface. This takes some practice. An easier way is to whip the cream a bit more and dollop it gently on top.

Drink while hot.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 6.3gSaturated Fat: 3.9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 10.5gFiber: 0gSugar: 9.1gProtein: 1.1g

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Ashley Grant

Saturday 17th of March 2018

I LOVE the addition of the Lucky Charms on top. Certainly gives it a festive feel. I just love your blog too. You've always got something fun here.

The 'Noms.

Saturday 17th of March 2018

Aw, thanks so much! We loved the touch of the marshmallows on the top! Cheers!

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