Alex writes: What’s the best whiskey for Irish Coffee?
Good question. I sampled all the Irish I had on hand in coffee and it was a tossup between the standard bottlings of Bushmills and Jameson. The only Irish that didn’t work well was Black Bush, which just didn’t play right with the bitterness of the coffee.
Whiskey easily gets lost in this drink. In truth, the flavor is far more affected by the type of coffee you use, whether you use sugar and how much, and how much whiskey you add to it than it is by trying to choose between Bushmills and Jameson. Get whichever is cheaper that day.
And just so we have it all in one place, here’s the classic recipe for Irish Coffee (though it has almost infinite variations, which I’ve tried to incorporate below).
1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
sugar to taste
1 oz. cream or milk
To a mug of coffee ad the whiskey, sugar as desired, and top with cream or milk (floating it by pouring over the back of a spoon). Alternately top with whipped cream. Sprinkle nutmeg, cinnamon, or chocolate on top if desired.
- Original Recipe: Catalina Coffee
- Review: Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey
- Recipe: Irish Whiskey Coffee — Tullamore D.E.W. Variation
- Review: Bushmills Black Bush Irish Whiskey