How to Make an Irish Coffee Latte

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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, what better way to celebrate Irish culture than by sipping on a festive Irish coffee latte, a creamy, whiskey-laced twist on the traditional Irish coffee?

The Origins of Irish Coffee

As the story goes, Irish Irish coffee was invented in 1943 by Joe Sheridan, a chef at Foynes Port in County Limerick, Ireland. At the time, Foynes was an airport that served flights between the United States and Europe during World War II.

One night, a group of American passengers de-boarded a Pan Am flight on a winter evening. They were cold and chill of the weather permeanted their bodies. Joe did his best to make to make them comfortable.

After making coffee, he added Irish whiskey to warm the group of passengers.

Surprised by the drink, one passenger asked “Is this Brazilian coffee?”

“No. This is Irish coffee.”, Joe replied.

The coffee was such a hit, they started serving it from the airport terminal where the story began.

The news spread like fire and eventually the drink was served at hotels and restaurants across Ireland.

Today, Irish coffee is one of the most popular coffees enjoyed during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and at Irish pubs and restaurants worldwide.

How to Make an Irish Coffee Latte

Irish Coffee Latte

Recipe by The Perky KitchenDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Calories

280

kcal

Supplies: Milk Frother

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee

  • 1 TBSP Irish whiskey

  • 1 TBSP brown sugar

  • 1 TBSP heavy cream

  • For the Latte
  • 1 cup frothed milk

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Toppings
  • Whipped cream

  • Cocoa powder

Directions

  • Brew a strong cup of coffee. Froth the milk until it’s creamy and smooth.
  • In a mug, pour the hot coffee, then add Irish whiskey and brown sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the frothed milk and vanilla extract to the coffee mixture. Gently stir to combine.
  • Top the Irish Coffee Latte with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder.

Notes

  • Sheridan’s original recipe called for strong hot coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar and heavy cream. The heavy cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the coffee and whiskey mixture.
  • Adding 1/2 cup of whipped cream would add approximately 207 calories.

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