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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee 2.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Spirits Mar 13, 2017

A classic warmer, this version from the world-renowned Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, a wonderful Irish bar in New York, was adapted from legendary bartender Dale DeGroff.

You'll need two 8-inch glass stemmed (heatproof) mugs.

Make Ahead: The demerara syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. You may not use all the cream; the amount given below makes it easy to whip.


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Tested size: 2 servings

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (see headnote)
  • 8 ounces brewed hot coffee (the Dead Rabbit uses Sumatra Mandheling)
  • 1 ounce rich demerara sugar syrup (see NOTE)
  • 3 ounces premium Irish whiskey


Whip the cream in a container with a pouring spout until it’s slightly fluffy yet still pourable.

Combine the coffee, syrup and whiskey in a pitcher, stirring until well incorporated. Divide evenly between the mugs. Working with one at a time, pour the whipped cream gently onto the back of a spoon held directly over each mug, letting the cream cascade onto the surface of the coffee until that layer is no thicker than 1/2 inch.

Serve right away.

NOTE: To make the rich demerara syrup, combine 2 cups demerara sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Cook for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container; chill until ready to use (up to 1 week).

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Adapted from the Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, an Irish bar in New York.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (using 6 tablespoons heavy cream): 290

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 17g 26%

Saturated Fat: 10g 50%

Cholesterol: 60mg 20%

Sodium: 20mg 1%

Total Carbohydrates: 10g 3%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 10g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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