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ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Irish Coffee Martini Recipe

Don’t like beer? Mix up some Irish Coffee Martinis on St. Patrick’s Day.

This creamy cocktail recipe is courtesy McCormick. Whip it up in just five minutes.

Want the real deal? Here are the history of Irish coffee, the original recipe and recipe variations, including Irish Hot Chocolate for the kids.


Ingredients Per Drink

  • 2 ounces Irish cream liqueur
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 2 ounces chilled brewed strong coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Vanilla whipped cream (recipe follows)
  • Optional garnish: green sprinkles or sanding sugar

    Martinis work for St. Patrick’s Day, if they’re Irish Coffee Martinis. Photo courtesy McCormick.


    Ingredients For Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    Optional Irish Whiskey Whipped Cream

  • Substitute 2 tablespoons brown sugar for the confectioners’ sugar and add 1 tablespoon Irish whiskey

    1. Make whipped cream. In a medium bowl, beat whipped cream ingredients with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Makes about 2 cups.

    2. Optional rim garnish. Wet outside rim of martini glass with peppermint extract. Dip glass in green sanding sugar or uncolored coarse sugar to lightly coat rim.

    3. Mix and shake. Fill cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add first 4 ingredients; shake until well mixed and chilled. Strain into martini glass.

    4. Garnish. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and optional green sprinkles.

    The toast: sláinte (SLON-teh), or “health” in Gaelic.


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