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Irish Coffee Dessert

Traditional Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream.  This variation has similar ingredients, but it is in the form of a set dessert. Definitely worth a try! The popular alcoholic drink, Irish Coffee, was created in the winter of 1943 by Chef Joe Sheridan. The story goes that he whipped up something special to drink for a group of cold and weary passengers who were waiting for a flight at the Foynes Airbase in Ireland. Apparently silence descended on the group as everyone enjoyed this delectable concoction.

500 ml espresso or strong filter coffee
100 ml sugar
100 ml whiskey
20 ml gelatine
100 ml water

250 ml cream
15 ml sugar

cocoa to dust

  1. Add the sugar to the hot coffee and set aside to cool.
  2. Place the gelatine into a heat resistant glass jug and pour over the 100 ml water.
  3. Microwave on medium-low for about 1 minute or until the gelatine has melted.
  4. Stir the melted gelatine and whiskey into the cooled coffee and divide the mixture between 6 stemmed glasses.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set.
  6. Whip the cream and sugar to a thick but pouring consistency.
  7. Spoon over the set coffee and dust lightly with cocoa just before serving.

6 servings.

Recipe by Carolié de Koster.

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How to make Irish Coffee (recipe adapted from

  • 500 ml strong rich hot coffee
  • 125 ml Irish Whiskey
  • 10 ml brown sugar ​
  • 100 ml double cream, lightly whipped
  1. Pour the sugar then coffee into a warm , mug or other heat-proof glass.
  2. Stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the Irish whiskey and stir again.
  4. Float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Do not stir again. Instead, drink the coffee through the cream.

2 servings.