Warm Up Your Soul with Spiced Irish Coffee

Picture this: it’s a cold winter evening, and you just finished dinner. What do you reach for to warm you up and satisfy your craving for something sweet and strong? Look no further than my spiced Irish coffee recipe, which is sure to become a favorite in your home.

What makes this Irish coffee so special, you ask? It’s the perfect combination of warm brewed coffee, spicy nutmeg and cinnamon sticks, and a splash of Irish whiskey. But don’t worry – even though the whiskey adds depth and flavor, it won’t overpower the other ingredients.

In addition to the delicious flavors, this recipe is incredibly simple to make. With just four ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen (coffee, sugar, heavy cream, and whiskey), you can whip up this cozy drink in no time. Plus, I’ll include tips on how to tailor the recipe to your liking with substitutions and variations.

So why settle for a basic cup of coffee when you could indulge in a spiced Irish coffee? This recipe is perfect for cozy nights at home or as an impressive cocktail when entertaining guests. Trust me – once you try it, you’ll keep coming back for more.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Spiced Irish Coffee
Spiced Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is a classic cocktail that is perfect for any time of the year. But have you ever tried a spiced Irish coffee? If you haven’t, then you are missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures! This spiced Irish coffee recipe is a perfect blend of warmth, depth and spice that will leave you feeling cozy and satisfied.

The best thing about this recipe is how simple it is. With just four ingredients, hot coffee, Irish whiskey, heavy whipping cream and pumpkin pie spice, anyone can make this delicious drink from the comfort of their own kitchen. It’s a great way to impress your guests at a St. Patrick’s Day party, or simply to enjoy as an after-dinner treat with friends.

One reason why you’ll love this recipe is its versatility. Not only does it taste great on its own, but it can also be easily customized to fit your taste preferences. You can add whipped cream to the top for an even richer flavor or adjust the spice levels by adding more or less pumpkin pie spice.

Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is how easy it is to make substitutions and variations. For example, if you’re not a fan of pumpkin pie spice, you could swap it out for cinnamon or nutmeg. Or if you prefer a sweeter drink, you could add brown sugar to the heavy whipping cream before beating it.

Overall, there are so many reasons why you’ll love this spiced Irish coffee recipe. It’s easy to make, versatile and perfect for any time of year! So why not give it a try today and experience the warmth and comfort that only a delicious spiced Irish coffee can offer? You won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Leave the pumpkin spice latte aside and try this Spiced Irish Coffee instead
Leave the pumpkin spice latte aside and try this Spiced Irish Coffee instead

Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to whip up some Spiced Irish Coffee:

  • Brewed coffee: 1-2 cups of freshly brewed coffee of your favorite blend.
  • Irish whiskey: 1-2 tablespoons of your preferred Irish whiskey brand.
  • Brown sugar: 1-2 teaspoons of brown sugar, but you can adjust the quantity according to your liking/desired sweetness level.
  • Whole nutmeg: 1/4th piece. Freshly grated or powdered whole nutmeg give extra flavor and aroma to your spiced Irish coffee.
  • Cinnamon sticks: 1 cinnamon stick is enough for this recipe, as it gives a strong taste to the coffee.
  • Ground cinnamon: A pinch of ground cinnamon seasoning mixed with your preferred sweetener adds an excellent warm and spicy touch to the entire beverage.
  • Pumpkin pie spice: If you like it on pumpkin-y side, then ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mixed with other spices will add a perfect fall twist to Spiced Irish Coffee.
  • **Skim milk/cream liqueur/whipping cream/heavy whipping cream: * three different options according to dietary restrictions and desired level of creaminess for Spiced Irish Coffee. Skim milk is low in calories and perfect for people who are health-conscious; heavy whipping cream contributes the most velvety texture and creates a perfect contrast with the strong spiced coffee taste. Those looking for an additional alcoholic kick can add cream liqueur, and those looking for non-dairy options can use coconut whipped cream or any non-dairy whipping cream available in their local stores.

These simple kitchen ingredients must already be available in your pantry, making life easier for you to make this delicious cup in no time!

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect coffee recipe for cold winter nights by the fireplace
The perfect coffee recipe for cold winter nights by the fireplace

Now that we have gathered all the ingredients for our Spiced Irish Coffee Recipe, it’s time to proceed with the recipe. Get your whisk and mugs ready, folks, as I take you through the steps of making this perfect cup of hot coffee.

Step 1: Mix Skim Milk and Brown Sugar

In a mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup skim milk and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Whisk together until well combined.

Step 2: Brewed Coffee and Spices

Brew two cups of your favorite java republic or any brewed coffee you prefer. While brewing, add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 2 whole nutmegs, and 2 cinnamon sticks to the pot. Allow the spices to steep in the hot coffee for a few minutes.

Step 3: Add Irish whiskey

Add 1-2 ounces (or more if you prefer) Irish whiskey to each mug.

Step 4: Add Milk Mixture

Divide the milk mixture evenly among the mugs of spiced coffee.

Step 5: Add Heavy Whipping Cream

In a separate mixing bowl, whip together 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons sugar until stiff peaks form.

Step 6: Top With Whipped Cream

Spoon whipped cream over each drink, sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice or cardamom, and enjoy!


This recipe is incredibly versatile; you can use any spirit you like in place of Irish whiskey. You can also experiment with different spices such as pumpkin spice or cardamom to make your perfect spiced Irish coffee.

Now that you know how easy it is to make your very own Spiced Irish Coffee, make sure to share this recipe with your friends!

Substitutions and Variations

 A little hint of cinnamon and nutmeg makes all the difference in this recipe
A little hint of cinnamon and nutmeg makes all the difference in this recipe

Coffee lovers are always looking for new ways to experiment with their favorite brew. Thankfully, this Spiced Irish Coffee recipe is flexible enough to allow for substitutions and variations. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Milk: If you’re looking for a creamier texture, you could try using heavy cream instead of skim milk. Alternatively, if you’re trying to cut back on calories, almond or soy milk could be good options.

– Spices: You can play around with the spice ratios in this recipe to personalize your drink. Try increasing the nutmeg or cinnamon if you want more warmth in your cup. You could even add a sprinkle of cardamom for an exotic twist.

– Alcohol: While Irish whiskey is the traditional choice for Irish coffee, feel free to switch it up with rum, Baileys Irish Cream, or spiced rum. Each will give your cocktail a unique flavor profile.

– Seasonal twists: To create a festive drink for St. Patrick’s Day, mix in some pumpkin pie spice or pumpkin puree into your coffee. If you want something cozy for winter, consider adding a dash of gingerbread spice.

By introducing new ingredients and flavor combinations to your Spiced Irish Coffee, you can create your own signature brew and impress your guests with your barista skills. A little creativity is all it takes to turn this already-delicious recipe into something truly unforgettable!

Serving and Pairing

 An Irish whiskey shot goes a long way in making this coffee extraordinary
An Irish whiskey shot goes a long way in making this coffee extraordinary

Spiced Irish Coffee is a perfect drink to enjoy in cool weather, especially during winters when you want something warm and cozy. You can serve this delightful drink as an after-dinner indulgence or to keep your friends warm at your next holiday party. It is the ideal drink for St. Patrick’s Day or any occasion that calls for a warm and comforting drink.

Spiced Irish Coffee pairs well with many desserts including pumpkin pie, apple tart, and carrot cake. The subtle spice of cinnamon and nutmeg compliments these desserts without overwhelming their flavors. Additionally, if you have a sweet tooth, then add whipped cream on top of your Spiced Irish Coffee to make it creamier and richer.

For those who don’t have a sweet tooth, pair Spiced Irish Coffee with some savory snacks like biscuits or crackers with cheese. These snacks will make the coffee taste much smoother because the saltiness from the snack will balance out the sweetness of the coffee.

If you are hosting a holiday brunch, try a Spiced Irish Coffee alongside other classic brunch recipes like scrambled eggs and bacon or a quiche lorraine. The spiced flavor of this coffee pairs so well with breakfast foods that it will be hard not to fall in love with this coffee recipe.

In conclusion, serving Spiced Irish Coffee is very flexible since it goes well with sweet desserts as well as savory snacks. Its spiced flavor profile makes it enjoyable even without food pairing. Enjoy it however you’d like!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You don't have to go to an Irish pub to enjoy a good Irish Coffee anymore
You don’t have to go to an Irish pub to enjoy a good Irish Coffee anymore

Making spiced Irish coffee doesn’t have to be a hassle every time. To make your life more convenient, you can make this recipe ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to a few days. This will save you time and effort, especially if you’re hosting a party or have guests coming over.

When making the spiced Irish coffee mix, let it cool down completely before pouring it into an airtight container. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. When you’re ready to serve, reheat the mix on the stove or in the microwave until hot. Stir well before serving.

If you have whipped cream leftover, store it separately in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last for up to three days. You can also make fresh whipped cream if you prefer.

When reheating the spiced Irish coffee, you may notice some separation between the cream top and coffee mix. This is normal and can easily be fixed with a quick stir.

To store leftovers, pour them into a clean mason jar or other airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. To reheat, simply warm it up on the stove or in the microwave until heated through.

Making spiced Irish coffee ahead of time and storing it properly will save you time while still enjoying a delicious cup of coffee. Just remember to keep all of your kitchen ingredients handy, including Irish whiskey and heavy whipping cream, and follow this easy recipe for best results!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Your taste buds will love the balance of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors in this recipe
Your taste buds will love the balance of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors in this recipe

To make the perfect Spiced Irish Coffee, you need to pay attention to every detail of the recipe. While it is a simple recipe that requires only a few ingredients, there are some tips and tricks that can make all the difference in the final result.

Firstly, ensure that you use freshly brewed coffee for your Spiced Irish Coffee. Use high-quality coffee beans and grind them just before brewing to ensure maximum flavor extraction. That way, your Spiced Irish Coffee will have a rich, robust coffee flavor that pairs perfectly with the warming spices.

Secondly, when adding the spices, it’s important to remember that less is usually more. Start with smaller amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon, and taste as you go along until you reach your desired flavor profile.

To avoid diluting your Spiced Irish Coffee with too much milk or cream, consider using skim milk or lighter options like almond milk instead of heavy whipping cream. This will also make your drink lower in calories and fat.

For an extra special touch, try topping your Spiced Irish Coffee with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cardamom for added depth of flavor. Or you can also spike up your drink with a shot of spiced rum or Baileys Irish Cream to add extra richness to it.

Lastly, don’t forget to serve and enjoy this warm and comforting drink with some fresh baked goods like scones or muffins for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day or holiday brunch experience.

By following these tips and experimenting with different ingredient ratios and variations, you’ll be able to create the perfect Spiced Irish Coffee every time. Cheers!


As a seasoned barista, I know that many home brewers find themselves with questions and concerns when trying new recipes, especially when it comes to the perfect coffee cocktail. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate any challenges that may arise while making this Spiced Irish Coffee recipe. So gather your ingredients and let’s dive in!

What is the difference between Baileys coffee and Irish coffee?

Baileys coffee is a variation of the well-known Irish coffee. Instead of adding cream and sugar, we use Baileys Irish Cream to enhance the flavor. Irish coffee has been around for quite some time and is a much-loved classic cocktail. Made with a shot of Irish whiskey, whipped cream, and warm coffee, it has quite an interesting history, being invented in Ireland during the 1950s.

What’s the difference between coffee royale and Irish coffee?

The components of an Irish coffee involve the inclusion of Irish whiskey, while for a drink to qualify as a royale, brandy is used instead.

What was original Irish coffee made of?

Legend has it that the creation of Irish coffee was not planned, but rather a result of a cold winter in Ireland. The chef at the time, Joe Sheridan, added a splash of whiskey to warm up his customers’ coffee. From that day on, Irish coffee became an instant hit. The traditional recipe includes only four ingredients: hot coffee, sugar, cream, and whiskey, and can be prepared in five simple steps.

What is added to Irish coffee?

When it comes to making traditional Irish coffees, you only need four basic ingredients: hot black coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and whipped cream. However, it’s common for Irish coffees served in restaurants to be excessively sweet and indulgent.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Spiced Irish Coffee recipe is the perfect drink for any occasion! Whether you want to impress your guests over the holidays or enjoy a cozy sip on a cold, rainy day, this recipe has got you covered. With just four simple ingredients, you can make a delicious and flavorful coffee that will leave everyone wanting more.

What sets this recipe apart isn’t just its simplicity, but its use of warming spices. The aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon will fill your kitchen, creating an inviting ambiance that is truly unbeatable. Plus, with a shot of Irish whiskey, this drink packs a punch that will help you unwind after a long day.

Overall, making Spiced Irish Coffee is easy to do and doesn’t require many kitchen ingredients. All you need is some brewed coffee, spices, sugar, and Irish whiskey. So why not treat yourself to a comforting cup today? Trust me; your taste buds will thank you for it!

Spiced Irish Coffee

Spiced Irish Coffee Recipe

From a recipe booklet entitled "Family Living - Our Favorite Coffee Shop Treats". This seems like a low-fat recipe, and I would use Splenda in place of the sugar in the coffee. NOTE: Recipe calls for 1 whole nutmeg, I'm estimating 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Irish
Servings 12 cups
Calories 81.9 kcal


  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided (or use Splenda option)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg, crushed (or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg)
  • 2 1/2 quarts hot strongly brewed coffee
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
  • 2/3 cup Irish whiskey
  • fat-free frozen whipped topping, thawed for garnish


  • In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and ground cinnamon; set aside.
  • Combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar (or Splenda), milk, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg in a dutch oven.
  • Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in coffee and creamer.
  • Cover and heat 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  • Remove from heat; strain and discard cinnamon sticks and nutmeg.
  • Stir in Irish whiskey.
  • Pour into 8-ounce Irish coffee glasses.
  • Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon whipped topping and sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  • Serve immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 258gCalories: 81.9kcalCarbohydrates: 8.9gProtein: 2gFat: 0.8gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 0.8mgSodium: 30.9mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 6.5g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, St. Patrick's Day
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