Irish Winter Spiked Coffee Recipe

Irish Winter - whiskey spiked hot coffee
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
179 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 179
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 3mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Irish winter recipe offers a wonderful way to spike your coffee. It's a subtle transformation of the classic Irish coffee and is so easy to make that you'll be mixing it up regularly.

This recipe came from Kahlua and originally used equal parts of Kahlua Coffee Cream and Irish whiskey. That product comes and goes from the market and when you see it, try the Irish winter that way. Otherwise, this modified version of the recipe uses the standard Kahlua coffee liqueur and brings cream back in via Irish cream. Both of those spirits are readily available, so this is a reliable mix that offers the same great taste.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a warm mug or Irish coffee glass, pour the Irish whiskey, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream.

  3. Fill with hot coffee.

  4. Stir to combine.

  5. Top with whipped cream.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • Serve this cocktail in a heated mug or glass to ensure it stays warm to the last drop. To heat it up, pour hot water inside and let it sit for a few minutes or fill it with water and microwave the glass for about 10 seconds.
  • For any coffee cocktail, select your brewing method carefully so you get the most flavorful cup of coffee possible. Rather than a standard drip brewer, consider using a French press or pour-over brewer as these produce a richer taste.
  • Additionally, you can only dress up poor coffee so much and no amount of liquor can improve it. Choosing quality coffee beans and grinding them yourself sets a better foundation for a great tasting cocktail.
  • You can whip fresh cream yourself and float it on top of the Irish winter, just like the Irish coffee. Or, take the super easy route and just grab that can of whipped topping.

Recipe Variations

  • Try the Irish winter with one of Kahlua's flavored coffee liqueurs. The brand offers a rotating selection and nearly all of them are good candidates for a substitution. Caramel and vanilla are among their more reliable flavors, though they also produce cinnamon, hazelnut, mocha, and other flavors (e.g., pumpkin spice) semi-regularly as well. If you think it would be good with coffee, pour it!
  • If you want to use espresso, make it a caffé Americano by adding equal parts of hot water to a double shot of espresso. This should be the perfect amount of coffee for the recipe's combined liquor volume.
  • Call it an "Irish summer" if you like, but this recipe is excellent as an iced coffee drink. For this version, make cold brew coffee and you'll enjoy the purest flavor of the coffee bean. Chill the coffee before mixing it and, rather than regular ice that will water it down, freeze some coffee in your ice cube tray.
  • Instead of Irish cream, pour RumChata instead. You'll lose the Irish whiskey base, but the difference is barely noticeable in this drink.

How Strong Is an Irish Winter?

About the same strength as wine, the Irish winter is not an extremely strong cocktail. When made with the recommended brands, its alcohol content is just 13 percent ABV (26 proof).