Brown Sugar Irish Coffee

This recipe makes enough brown sugar syrup and whipped cream for several cocktails. Store the extra in the fridge until using.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Chilling time time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 drink


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey


1 Make the brown sugar syrup. Place the brown sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the brown sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

2 Make the whipped cream. Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, or using a hand-held whisk, whisk the cream with 1/4 cup of the cooled brown sugar syrup until it hits the ribbon stage. This is when you lift your whisk and a bit of the thickened cream falls back in a ribbon, keeping its shape for a second or two before dissolving on the surface.

Whipped cream in glass bowl next to whisk

3 Make your cocktail. Place the coffee and whiskey in an Irish coffee glass, coffee mug, or whathaveyou along with 1/2 ounce of the brown sugar syrup. (Use more or less of any of these ingredients according to your taste.) Top with plenty of the whipped cream and serve.

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  • Malika A. Black

    I’m a coffee Addict!
    I love the whipped cream in your Irish Coffee. Makes it even more appealing! Thanks

  • Mike

    Whether making it at home or ordering it at a bar, I always omit the sugar–the heavy cream is enough sweetener.

  • Rachael @ Rachael's Foodie Life

    Wow this is my kind of cocktail! I am just a little coffee obsessed and this sounds divine!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    As a big coffee enthusiast I must write “oh yes yes yes!”

  • glenn

    Is this a cold coffee ?

    • Emma Christensen

      The recipe is for a hot coffee, but I think an iced coffee version would also be pretty darn good!

  • Renee Mills

    I’m not a coffee drinker, but this sounds delicious! I’m sure my husband will love it. It’s always nice to get new drinks.

  • Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    This irish coffee looks fantastic!! Just perfectly made. So easy to prepare too. I love your photography.