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Buena Vista Irish Coffees

Make the famous Buena Vista Irish Coffees from the comfort of your own home!
Servings 1 drink
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins


  • 2 C &H sugar cubes or 2 teaspoons sugar, or 2 sugar packets
  • 6 ounces very hot brewed coffee 3/4 cup
  • 1 1/3 ounce whisky
  • heavy cream


  • Put heavy cream into a glass or stainless steel bowl and whip it using a handheld mixer with the whisk attachment until it has thickened but is still pourable. Or pour it into a blender and lightly whip it. You want it to float on top of the coffee, not sink. It should still be pourable. Or use a milk frother. Set aside.
  • Pour steaming hot water into whatever glass you will be using. Once the glass is heated, pour out the water. I also zapped my glass in the microwave for 15 seconds to warm it up even more.
  • Place the sugar in the glass and pour the coffee in. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the whisky.
  • Run a spoon under hot water and pat it dry. Slowly pour the whipped heavy cream over the back of the spoon, holding it so it's right above the coffee. Serve.


The heavy cream goes from thick and pourable to solid and whipped in a blink of an eye. I suggest stopping way before you think its time. Buena Vista likes to use a blender but I found that method too hard-I couldn’t see the cream well enough to judge when it was the right consistency. I had the best results with a hand-held mixer using the whisk attachment.
Author: Megan Wells
Course: Beverages