Tasty reasons to raise a toast to National Irish Coffee Day

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National Irish Coffee Day is celebrated on January 25. While a chilly winter day is a perfect excuse to sip on the coffee cocktail, that warming beverage isn’t the only reason to enjoy an Irish Coffee. Are you ready to fill your cup?

Did you know that Irish Coffee has an interesting back story? According to the cocktail history, the Irish Chef Joe Sheridan created coffee cocktail for some stranded passengers. The idea was that the combination of caffeine and alcohol would keep the stranded passengers happy.

While the coffee cocktail started as an Irish specialty, it traveled to the U.S. The Buena Vista Hotel in San Francisco recreated. Now, it is a staple on restaurant menus. From an after dinner drink to a way to warm up on a chilly day, this coffee cocktail is a classic.

Coffee cocktails to shake up for National Irish Coffee Day.

The Dead Rabbit in New York City has come up a celebrated Irish Coffee. Created by Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, this recipe has just three ingredients. They prefer Bushmills Original.

Their reasoning for picking Bushmills Original is that it has the highest grain content of the Irish whiskey blends, which can make a lighter Irish coffee. It is they preferred way of drinking it.

Here’s how to make the Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee.

Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee


  • 1 oz Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey
  • ¾ oz Rich Demerara Syrup
  • 3 ¼ oz Sumatra Coffee


  • Pour all ingredients into a 6 oz Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee glass leaving a .5 inch room for cream. Top with freshly whipped heavy cream.

Slane Irish Whiskey

Building on tradition, the Slane Irish Whiskey triple blend cask whiskey deserves to be sipped on National Irish Coffee Day. Although the brand prefers Slane Cold Brew, the layers flavor in this Irish whiskey make it a lovely pairing with coffee.

Slane Irish Whiskey has flavors of vanilla, butterscotch and warm spices. Those flavors make a lovely pairing for coffee.

Given the brand’s connection to music, why not put on some U2 and sip on a cocktail. It is a perfect way to celebrate the food holiday.

Add a little flare to the National Irish Coffee Day mix

Nitro coffee has been a beverage trend and thanks to Tullamore D.E.W. is has been brought to the National Irish Coffee Day. by using a nitro charger, the coffee cocktail get a boost in flavor and even mouth feel. If you haven’t tried this coffee cocktail, it is worth a sip.

Nitro Irish Coffee Shot


  • 10 ½ parts Tullamore DEW
  • 20½ parts Cold Brew Coffee
  • 2 parts Simple Syrup


  • Add nitro charger and shake before pouring.
  • Created by Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Gillian Murphy

Whether or not you need an excuse the National Irish Coffee Day as an excuse to enjoy this coffee cocktail, why not rediscover the simplicity that Irish whiskey and coffee. Whether or not you enjoy it as dessert or just because, it is an enjoyable sip.

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What is your favorite national food holiday? Do you use the national food holidays as an excuse to have a special food?