Food & Drink

The Irish Coffee Recipe You Need Right Now

Make the Dead Rabbit's Irish Coffee on St. Patrick's Day

Image: The Dead Rabbit

St. Patrick's Day is almost here, which means you're going to require Irish things to drink.

No, not green beer. We're talking about Irish Coffee. 

This recipe comes from The Dead Rabbit, the New York bar that's famous for, among other things, being a really good bar. So, when they painstakingly tinker with a cocktail until they think it's perfect, it's wise to take heed. 

In creating the recipe, Dead Rabbit's owners, Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, gave the same level of attention to the Irish whiskey as they did the coffee, sugar and cream (freshly whipped, of course). And the ratios are exacting. With one and a half ounces of whiskey, it packs a punch without overdoing it. And that's the point: You can have a couple to start your morning and still function through a full schedule of St. Patrick's Day activities.

Or mid-afternoon meetings.

The Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee
The Dead Rabbit

Irish Coffee Recipe


  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce rich demerara syrup 
  • 4 ounces brewed hot coffee
  • Heavy cream, lightly whipped, to top
  • Nutmeg, freshly grated, to garnish


1. Pour the whiskey, demerara syrup and hot coffee into a six-ounce Irish Coffee glass, leaving a half inch of room at the top for cream.
2. Top with the freshly whipped heavy cream.
3. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Elsewhere on the Daddy

More Food & Drink