The Secret to a Great Irish Coffee

by Isabelle Escande
Irish Coffee

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! This is a great opportunity to make an Irish Coffee, the Irish cocktail par excellence. Cédric, one of our bartenders at the Drinks&Co concept store in Paris, offers you an exclusive version: easy to make at home, tasty and original!

A Unique Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee doesn’t have to be made with whiskey. Sacrilege? Well, no. Cédric suggests replacing whiskey with poitín, an Irish craft spirit that was banned for over three hundred years because of its high alcohol content. It’s the oldest spirit in Ireland and probably in the world.

It’s only been since 1997 that it’s been authorised again, on the condition that it’s made in a distillery (and not in homes as it used to be), even if it’s now only 40% proof, whereas the home-made version can go up to 80 or 90%. Nowadays poitín is sought after for its gourmet and fresh profile, as well as its touch of spiciness.


  • 50 ml Bán Poitín
  • 120 ml hot coffee
  • 20 ml vanilla-infused sugar syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Tonka or cocoa bean

How do I make my Irish Coffee with Poitin?

  1. Take an empty glass and pour in 50 ml of poitín. Then add 120 ml of hot coffee very slowly. This ensures that the spirit and coffee stay separated.
  2. Add 20 ml of vanilla-infused sugar syrup. To make your own, mix equal parts water to sugar and heat it in a pan. Snip a vanilla pod and leave it in the syrup for 15 minutes. Alternatively, you could buy ready-made vanilla-infused sugar syrup.
  3. Top up with whipped cream. (Whip liquid cream with an electric mixer for best results).
  4. Grate a tonka or cocoa bean over the cream for that final touch.

It’s ready! Sláinte!

You can buy the basic ingredients at Drinks&Co to make this different Irish Coffee at home.

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Ban Poitin Pot Still Spirit

Award-winning Bán Poitín is produced using locally-sourced raw ingredients, which includes potatoes, malted barley and sugar beets.

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Monin Vanille (Vanilla)

This vanilla syrup will add a sweet kick to your Irish Coffee

Translated by Chelsea Cummings from Isabelle Escande’s original French article.

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