On January 25th, celebrate National Irish Coffee Day with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and Brand Ambassador Tim Herlihy’s Irish Coffee Recipe.

As one of the most storied cocktails in the world, Irish Coffee is always a drink worth raising a toast with.

“Irish Coffee contains all of the most important food groups: Cream as rich as an Irish brogue; coffee as strong as a friendly hand; sugar sweet as the tongue of a rogue; and whiskey smooth as the wit of the land.”
– Tim Herlihy, Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador

Tim will be in Chicago for the holiday attempting to break the Guinness record for the World’s Largest Irish Coffee, which is expected to clock in at 225 gallons!

Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Coffee

Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Coffee

Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Coffee

Recipe by Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Tim Herlihy

Did you know that Irish Coffee first appeared in America in 1952 when journalist Stan Delaplane tasted the combination in Ireland and convinced his friend, the owner of the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco, to include Irish Coffee on his menu? The original Irish Coffee recipe served at the Buena Vista Café was made with Tullamore D.E.W. and still is to this day.


  • 1 1/2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. Original
  • 1 1/2 parts Strong Brewed Coffee (Any Premium Dark Roast)
  • 1/2 parts Sugar (Demerara Sugar)
  • Lightly Whipped Heavy Cream
  • Cinnamon or Nutmeg

Preparation: Pre-heat a clear-stemmed glass with very hot water. Add the sugar and brewed coffee and stir well. Once the sugar has melted, stir in the Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey. Gently whip the heavy cream by shaking it in a protein shaker with a blender ball – you want a still somewhat loose, not stiff consistency. Pour the cream over the back of a hot teaspoon to top the drink (and prevent the cream from penetrating the top of the drink). Finally, garnish with grated nutmeg or cinnamon for a spicy finish.