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Irish American Coffee: A hot coffee cocktail

Over the weekend, my hubby and I wanted to sit out on the patio and enjoy a pretty, clear but cool, fall evening. We wanted a cocktail to sip as we watched the sun set over the forest behind our home. It was too cold for a traditional cold cocktail, so I fired up the coffee pot, took a look in the liquor cabinet, and played around with what I had on hand. The result of my scrounge through the liquor was Irish American Coffee.

Irish American Coffee
Irish American Coffee for two

We aren’t usually liquor drinkers. I love wine, he drinks beer. I’m more likely to cook with Bulleit Bourbon than to drink it. We keep a few cocktail ingredients on hand for occasions when we are the mood for a good cocktail. Today was one such occasion!

I am calling this my Irish American Coffee cocktail. It combines the traditional Irish flavor or Bailey’s Irish Cream with one of America’s finest bourbons, Bulleit brand. If I am going to drink bourbon, this is the only one!

Here’s what I used to make Irish American Coffee – please note that I am sharing the ingredients measured for one cocktail, not for the batch of 2 in my photo.

Irish American Coffee
Irish American Coffee. Baileys Irish Cream & Bulleit Bourbon coffee warms you up to spend those last warm days relaxing on the patio.

Irish American Coffee Cocktail


  • 1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • .5 oz Bulleit Bourbon
  • 6 oz. freshly brewed unflavored hot coffee
  • Vanilla Almond Milk (for frothing)
  1. Brew hot coffee, I made a half-pot to make two of these. I used decaf so I wouldn’t bounce off the walls all night long. You can use whatever unflavored coffee you prefer.
  2. Pour the Bailey’s Irish Cream and the Bulleit Bourbon into a 10 oz coffee mug.
  3. Add 6 oz. hot coffee over the spirits, and stir well.
  4. Froth about 1/2 cup of Vanilla Almond Milk. I use this:

Note: the almond milk adds a slightly nutty flavor that’s amazing paired with the woody notes of the Bulleit Bourbon and the sweetness of the Bailey’s. I highly recommend trying it, but you can feel free to substitute regular milk.

It would also be fantastic garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg. However, I wasn’t planning this for a blog post so hadn’t pre-planned or shopped for recipe ingredients. Sadly, I didn’t have any nutmeg on hand.  I cannot make this stuff up, y’all!

I hope you enjoy this hot coffee cocktail. We have decided that the Irish American Coffee cocktail is now going to be a weekly wintertime favorite on those cool North Carolina Saturday afternoons.
Please comment to let us know if you try out this recipe!Irish American Coffee Cocktail

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