This Jameson Recipe Makes the World's Finest Irish Coffee

By: Laura McQuarrie - Apr 1, 2016
References: jamesonwhiskey & youtube
Irish whiskey, coffee, sugar and cream are the four basic ingredients that go into making a classic Irish coffee. The simplicity of this drink is part of what makes it so popular, yet it remains one of the most poorly made drinks in the world. Working with low-quality ingredients is a recipe for dissatisfaction, as is overpowering the drink with green syrups in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day. Since it was invented in the 1940s, numerous iterations of Irish coffee have been created, muddling the authenticity of the Irish recipe. As an icon of Ireland itself, Jameson set out to reclaim the tradition of making the drink as it was intended to be enjoyed by developing a recipe for the 'Perfect Jameson Irish Coffee.'

Jameson Head Blender Billy Leighton joined forces with mixologist Nick Strangeway and coffee roasters TwoFifty Square to deconstruct and re-assemble Irish coffee in way that harmoniously celebrates flavor. After comparing notes after many tastings, the group was able to pinpoint the best kind of sweetener, cream and coffee to bring out Jameson's natural vanilla, charred oak and fruit notes.

While this premium coffee cocktail is of bar-quality, it can easily be prepared at home. You don't have to travel to Dublin in order to learn the secrets of making the finest Irish coffee; it's all about choosing the right components and letting each purposeful ingredient speak for itself.

How to Make the Perfect Jameson Irish Coffee:


-35ml Jameson

-90ml medium-roasted espresso coffee

-10ml demerara and muscovado sugar syrup*

-30ml lightly whipped double cream

-Vanilla pod, cinnamon stick, freshly ground nutmeg

How to make the cocktail:

Stir the sugar syrup into the Jameson in your warmed glass

Whip your chilled double cream lightly until it starts to stiffen

Brew a 45ml shot into your glass from your espresso machine

Reload and brew in a second 45ml shot

Pour the whipped cream over the back of a spoon so it floats on top

Garnish with a trimmed vanilla pod or a stick of cinnamon

Dust with a grating of fresh nutmeg

Enjoy the Perfect Jameson Irish Coffee!

How to make the demerara and muscovado sugar syrup:

*Dissolve 2 parts demerara sugar and 1 part muscovado sugar in 3 parts of boiling water