This quick and easy drink is the perfect drink for kids and adults to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day.  Coffee, brown sugar, and rum extract are topped with whipped cream to make this fancy mocktail.  Stay warm with this fun coffee drink!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
two glasses of non alcoholic Irish coffee with spoons
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How to Make Non Alcoholic Irish Coffee

This post was originally published on March 7, 2018.

The one drink you need to make this St. Patrick’s Day is this non alcoholic Irish coffee.  It’s quick to make, and takes just a few ingredients!  When you take a sip, the coffee flows through the cream floating on top.  It feels so fancy–but it’s actually easy to do.

holding a glass of non alcoholic Irish coffee

Is there alcohol in Irish coffee?

Traditionally, Irish coffee is made with Irish whiskey.  There’s no alcohol in my version, however.

Is Irish coffee served hot or cold?

Irish coffee is traditionally served hot to allow the sugar to dissolve in the coffee.  It tastes the best while the coffee is hot and fresh.

two glasses of non alcoholic Irish coffee with spoons

Should you stir Irish coffee?

Yes, you’ll need to stir the coffee to dissolve the sugar and disperse the rum extract, then you’ll pour the whipped cream on top.  Be sure to let the coffee stop swirling before pouring the cream on top!

How do you drink Irish coffee?

Just sip it as you normally would for a cup of coffee.  The sweetened coffee will flow through the layer of cream on top as you drink.

doing a toast with two glasses of non alcoholic Irish coffee

Who invented Irish coffee?

Joe Sheridan, a chef and bartender at the Flying Boat terminal in Foynes, Ireland, invented the Irish coffee in 1943.  A plane was forced to return to the terminal because of bad weather, and Sheridan made the Irish coffees for the chilled passengers to enjoy.  They’ve been popular ever since.

How to Make Non Alcoholic Irish Coffee

Gather the ingredients: freshly brewed hot coffee, rum extract, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and cocoa powder (for an optional garnish).

ingredients for non alcoholic Irish coffee

Pour the coffee, rum extract, and brown sugar into a glass mug.

dumping sugar into non alcoholic Irish coffee

Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.

stirring non alcoholic Irish coffee

Whip the cream until thick and airy, but still pourable.

whipped cream for non alcoholic Irish coffee

Make sure the surface of the coffee is perfectly still from being stirred, then pour the cream over the back of a spoon.  The cream should float perfectly on top of the coffee.

pouring whipped cream on top of non alcoholic Irish coffee

Smooth out the cream if needed with a spoon.

spreading whipped cream on top of non alcoholic Irish coffee

If desired, use a stencil to create a cocoa powder design on top of the Irish coffee.

sifting cocoa powder on top of non alcoholic Irish coffee

Enjoy while the Irish coffees are still hot.

two glasses of non alcoholic Irish coffee with spoons

Are you ready to try this out?  You’ll need to make this for St. Patrick’s Day this year!

Pro Tips

  • Use strong, freshly brewed coffee for the best flavor.  Use caffeinated or decaf, whichever you prefer.
  • Adjust the amount of rum extract to your personal taste.
  • Be sure to use real heavy whipping cream that you’ve whipped yourself.  Cool Whip and Reddi Whip will not be good substitutes.
  • Pour the whipped cream over the back of a spoon.  This keeps the cream floating on top of the coffee.
  • Do a practice coffee to check your cream-pouring skills.  Go slow–you can always make another one!

These other coffee drinks will have you coming back for a refill!

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How to Make Non Alcoholic Irish Coffee


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Irish coffees
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Whipped
  • Cuisine: Irish

Description

This quick and easy drink is the perfect drink for kids and adults to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day.  Coffee, brown sugar, and rum extract are topped with whipped cream to make this fancy mocktail.  Stay warm with this fun coffee drink!


Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup strong black coffee (157 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (60 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Fill a glass mug with 2/3 cup of hot coffee.  Add the sugar and rum extract and stir until dissolved.  Let the cups stand still until the coffee has completely stopped swirling.
  2. Meanwhile, beat the cream in a medium bowl until it’s thick and airy, but still pourable.  Transfer the cream to a jug with a spout.
  3. Pour the cream over the back of a spoon right in the center of each mug.  There should be a sharp line between the coffee and floating cream.
  4. If desired, dust the cream with cocoa powder using a stencil, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Feel free to adjust the amount of rum extract to your preference, or leave it out entirely.

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