Mint Mojito Irish Coffee

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This Mint Mojito Irish Coffee combines two San Francisco classics, a Philz Coffee Mint Mojito and a Buena Vista Irish Coffee—into one fabulous drink. Jump to Recipe

Overhead shot of three cream topped Irish Coffees surrounded by mint leaves on a smooth surface.

I have the classic Buena Vista Irish Coffee on my blog already but I had a crazy idea to combine my two favorite San Francisco drinks into one.

Philz Coffee Mint Mojito

Hands holding a paper coffee cup filled with ice, mint leaves, and foamy coffee.

I really did not understand how a mint mojito iced coffee could be good. But as soon as I tried one, I was in heaven.

Baristas muddle lots of fresh mint (picked right in front of you) into sugar, pour regular dripped coffee in, and add some sweetened cream. The result is a slightly sweet, fresh, and light iced coffee beverage.

Vertical side shot of three Buena Vista Irish Coffee goblet glasses.

Vertical side shot of three Buena Vista Irish Coffee goblet glasses with sugar in them.

Vertical side shot of three Buena Vista Irish Coffee goblet glasses with sugar and mint leaves in them.

Vertical side shot of three Buena Vista Irish Coffee goblet glasses with hands muddling the mint and sugar together in the front most glass.

Vertical side shot of three Buena Vista Irish Coffee goblet glasses with muddled mint and sugar in them and a muddle in the back left glass.

I took that exact same concept and applied it to making an Irish Coffee. I muddled the mint right in the glass with some turbinado sugar, which I like to use in coffee beverages over regular sugar.

Mint Mojito Irish Coffee

Vertical shot of an Irish Coffee topped with cream in a small glass goblet surrounded my mint leaves, grains of sugar, and other Irish Coffees.

After you’ve muddled the mint and sugar together, pour the hot coffee in and stir until the sugar dissolves. Then add the whiskey.

One of the trickiest steps in making an Irish Coffee is getting the cream the right consistency. You want it to still be pourable so that it floats on top of the coffee.

Overhead shot of cream topped Irish Coffee with a mint leave placed on top.

Overhead shot of cream topped Irish Coffee with a mint leave placed on top.

I always over whip it. If this happens to you too, just pour some more cream in and lightly stir it in with the whipped cream. Keep adding fresh cream until it becomes pourable again.

Overhead shot of cream topped Irish Coffee with a mint leave placed on top.

You can also add 7 to 10 drops of peppermint extract to the cream if you want to help emphasize the minty freshness of the drink.

Vertical shot of an Irish Coffee topped with cream in a small glass goblet surrounded my mint leaves and grains of sugar.

The goal is to be able to pour the cream over the back of a spoon like this:

Vertical shot showing a hand pouring cream into an Irish Coffee glass.

Vertical shot showing a hand pouring cream into an Irish Coffee glass.

Vertical shot showing a hand pouring cream into an Irish Coffee glass.

Vertical shot showing a hand pouring cream into an Irish Coffee glass.

Vertical shot showing a hand pouring cream into an Irish Coffee glass.

I’ll be making some of these for St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. Do any of you have any fun plans?

Vertical, slightly angled shot of an Irish Coffee topped with cream in a small glass goblet surrounded my mint leaves and grains of sugar.

5 from 1 vote

Mint Mojito Irish Coffee

This Mint Mojito Irish Coffee combines two San Francisco classics, a Philz Coffee Mint Mojito and a Buena Vista Irish Coffee—into one fabulous drink.
Servings 1
Prep Time 10 mins

Ingredients

  • heavy cream, to top
  • 7 to 10 drops peppermint extract
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 2.5 ounces coffee, preferably very hot
  • 1.5 ounces whiskey

Instructions

  • Put the heavy cream into a glass or stainless steel bowl, add the peppermint extract, and whip it using a handheld mixer with the whisk attachment until it has thickened but is still pourable. If you happen to whip it too much, just stir in some fresh cream until it’s pourable again. Set aside.
  • Zap your glass in the microwave until it’s hot to the touch. This helps keep your drink warm because both the whiskey and cream are cold. 
  • Place the sugar in the glass. Toss the mint leaves in and muddle the mint into the sugar until the aromas have released and the leaves look bruised and wet.  
  • Pour the hot coffee in and stir until the sugar is dissolved. 
  • Add the whiskey and stir.
  • Slowly pour the whipped heavy cream over the back of a spoon, holding it so it's right above the coffee. The goal is to float the cream on top of the coffee. Serve. 
Author: Megan Wells
Course: Beverages

This Mint Mojito Irish Coffee combines two San Francisco classics, a Philz Coffee Mint Mojito and a Buena Vista Irish Coffee—into one fabulous drink. #philzcoffee #buenavista #irishcoffee #stpatricksday #sanfrancisco | www.megiswell.com</div/

This Mint Mojito Irish Coffee combines two San Francisco classics, a Philz Coffee Mint Mojito and a Buena Vista Irish Coffee—into one fabulous drink. #philzcoffee #buenavista #irishcoffee #stpatricksday #sanfrancisco | www.megiswell.com</div/

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is genius. I am such a fan of sugar in the raw. Like you – it is the only one I allow in my coffee and I carry it in my purse when traveling because you don’t always find it at your hotel. Love the concept of muddling mint in the sugar and adding coffee, Irish whisky and whipped cream to it. I’d even make this exact same drink with cold coffee and rum for summer. Just genius. Pinned.

    1. It’s so great! I’ve started using it in my baking too. And I’m loving that cold coffee and rum idea for when the weather is warmer!

  2. 5 stars
    Oooo I love Irish coffee (although I prefer mine with bourbon), and I think this sounds AMAZING! I love the idea of muddling mint into it! And those cream photos are so pretty!

    1. They’re great! I definitely like them best with more mild vanilla forward whiskey or bourbons. I used Wild Turkey 101 for one, which I love to use for an Old Fashioned, and it was too overpowering for the mint.

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