Classic Irish Coffee

According to legend, when a plane full of cold, wet and bleary-eyed American tourists got off the plane at Shannon Airport the bartender, Joe Sheridan, decided their coffee needed a bit of a kick.

One passenger asked him “is this Brazilian Coffee?
His reply: “no – it’s Irish Coffee”…And a legend was born!

We've paired this classic drink with a classic Union Coffee; Bobolink. Making a drink with flavours of milk chocolate, caramel and roasted peanuts.


Creamy chocolate, with sweet caramel and peanut

Good for

A firm, reliable favourite

See recipe

October 15, 2018

How to make it

  1. 1. Add the coffee to a clever dripper and pour in 50g of water
  2. 2. Stir north, south east and west before topping up the remaining water
  3. 3. Leave for 3 minutes before decanting into a server
  4. 4. Melt the sugar into the whiskey (gentle heat to a bowl works well, or you can add a drop of hot water)
  5. 5. Add your brewed coffee
  6. 6. Serve in a coop or chalice glass and enjoy.
  7. 7. Share your #unioncocktails

What you'll need

  • 25g of Coffee
  • A Clever Dripper (or pourover brew method)
  • 300g of water just off the boil
  • 40g of Demerara sugar
  • 50ml of good Irish Whiskey – We like Jameson Caskmates, it’s aged in craft stout casks which give it a creamy, chocolate and coffee flavour
  • 60ml Organic Double Cream

What coffee to use

  • You'll need a coffee suitable for filter. We would particularly recommend Bolbink, Brazil but any of our House Blends or some of our Single Origins will work.

    See the bottom of the page for specific suggestions.


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