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Irish Coffee

Low Calorie Recipe

A non alcholic version of Irish Coffee using coffee, orange juice, lemon juice and whipping cream.

Irish Coffee


2 cups strong coffee
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Fat free or light Cool Whip whipped cream, optional

Recipe Directions

Mix coffee, orange juice and lemon juice. Pour into Irish whiskey glass. Top with light or fat free whipped cream, if using.

Irish Coffee Legend

From 1939 to 1945 air travel from America was by flying boats that landed at Foynes, Co. Limerick after a long 18 hour flight. The passengers, chilled by the boat trip from the seaplane to the terminal, sometimes in cold, damp weather conditions, appreciated a hot cup of coffee or tea on arrival at the terminal. Brendan O'Regan, then the youthful manager of the Foynes catering service believed that passengers would welcome something stronger. Mr. Joseph Sheridan, the head Chef at Foynes, rose to the occasion, developing after some research what is now known as Irish Coffee. A plaque marking the achievement has been erected at Shannon Airport and Irish Coffee is increasingly enjoyed throughout the world.

Recipe makes 2 servings.

Original Shannon Beverage

Original Shannon Recipe

Heat a stemmed whiskey goblet. Pour in one shot of Irish whiskey; add three sugar cubes. Fill with strong black coffee to within one inch of top. Stir gently. Top off to the brim with heavy cream slightly aerated.

Important: Do not stir after adding cream, as the true flavor is obtained by drinking the coffee and whiskey through the cream.


American whipping cream has an additive to increase shelf life. This detracts from ability to stay on top of mixture. Irish cream is delivered daily and has no additive.

If you can obtain untreated cream from a farmer you will produce a better Irish Coffee.