Irish coffee has four main ingredients: coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and cream. But there are many variations of this classic coffee drink, which we willl explore later.
When making an Irish coffee, it’s important to ensure the coffee is strong and the whiskey is Irish, as it’s simply not an Irish coffee if you use Scotch whiskey. The coffee drink is drunk through its creamy head. To ensure the cream floats on top of the coffee and doesn’t sink, you can whip or blend the cream before layering it on top of the coffee with a spoon. Learn how to make an Irish coffee here.
When asking ‘what is an Irish coffee’, it’s not always easy to get a straight answer, as there are many variations of this coffee drink, often given the same name.
In Spain, Irish coffee can be served with a bottom layer of whiskey, a separate coffee layer, and a layer of cream on top. Often, special devices are used for making it. In Southeast Asia, you may see a cocktail of iced coffee and whiskey, sometimes without cream, under the name "Irish coffee" served. Gaelic coffee is very similar to Irish coffee, but instead of Irish whiskey, Scotch whiskey is used instead. And in Russia, instead of Irish whiskey, vodka is used.
Now we understand what an Irish coffee is, why not explore what a cortado is?