Buena Vista Irish Coffee Recipe

As we previously saw, making Irish coffee is easy. This Buena Vista Irish Coffee recipe is equally as rewarding as the basic recipe but it has a different kick, which may make you prefer this recipe over the rest. Remember these Irish coffee recipes are quick and fun. They do require a little skill but this can be achieved through practice. If you are looking to make a good and sophisticated impression, creating one of these delicious coffee recipes will be key to your success.


  • some hot water
  • six ounces of hot, fresh brewed coffee
  • two cocktail sugar cubes
  • a jigger (or shot) of your favorite Irish whiskey
  • fresh (preferably homemade) whipped cream


To start off, you will need to fill your empty glass with the hot water to preheat the glass. After you fill it, let it preheat the glass for a few seconds and then proceed to dump the water out. Follow by pouring the freshly brewed coffee into the glass until it is about three quarters of the way filled. Then, place the two cocktail sugar cubes into the mix. Stir the mixture until the sugar cubes have dissolved. You can then add the shot or jigger of your favorite Irish whiskey into the coffee and sugar mix. Stir again. Then using a warm spoon, flip it over, and let the homemade whipped cream carefully slide over the spoon’s back and onto your Irish coffee mixture. You want to make sure that the whipped cream does not break into the Irish coffee’s surface.

Enjoy this Buena Vista Irish coffee recipe today!

See Also:
Irish Coffee Recipe
Irish Cream Coffee Recipe
Bailey’s Irish Coffee Recipe

**Thanx to jrodmanjr for the photograph (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrodmanjr/2312887906/)

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Larry December 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Does anybody know the ‘actual’ brand of Irish whiskey they use at the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco? I had a couple this past June and it was top shelf.

joel March 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm

tullamore dew irish whiskey. triple distilled

[email protected] March 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm

About a year ago, the BV returned to the original brand of Irish whiskey — Tullamore Dew — the best!

jrodmanjr March 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Hey folks – glad my photo could help out your website. Can you please update it with attribution?


Regards –

Jason (jrodmanjr on flickr)

nix August 24, 2010 at 10:47 am

Added attribution to the end of post. Sorry for that and thanx for this very nice shot.

Johnny Connor December 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

Piping hot Glass
Piping hot Blue Moutain coffee
Ensure the sugar has desolved
Paddy Irish whisky ammount to your liking but not to much as spoil the cofee whisky mix has to blend
Cold slightly whipped runny cream,
Soup spoon and layer of cream on to the sightly rotating coffee with confidance ( if sugar has desolved the cream shall not sink)
slight Sprinkle of ground coffee over the cream
Then just sit back with a mince pie and enjoy in front of a peat fire
the Kinsale Coffee way >>>>:)

Seamus Fogarty July 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

how about a Baltimores best Flambeed IRISH-Coffee, by Seamus ,in Baltimore way back in 1983 to 86-c,ti’s a bit different than a traditional Gaelic-Coffee,this is how our Daughter Chantal (Capt-army ) and I made it for the media judges, fado.
supplies. Powers Gold Lable, heavy Cream, a bit of siucre, to blend in the cream (greenspring-Dairies was the preferred one )Coffee,lemon, more Sugar, to rim the glass,a Flame – ( rechaud )or a sterno ,etc ,a lighter, Hot water to heat the Glasses,kaluha?,burn/carmalise the sugar, add the liquor 1/3, oz-kal, and 1 and 3/4 oz, of Powers,7 oz coffee, -float the LIGHTLY -whipped-cream,from a container, over the very hot Coffee/glass, a Shamrock design would be nice on top,wrap an irish Linen-napkin around the HOT Glass, and ,, Slainte,sorry- i cant put the Photo on here, but its on facebook..

Michael March 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Had my first Irish coffee, while stationed in Germany, in a small cafe about half a block from the cathedral in Regensberg. Strong German coffee, 2 ounces of Irish coffee, a tspoon of sugar and cover the top with stiffly whipped cream. Absolutely delicious. After 2, no one wanted dessert.

Bob Burns December 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Tullamore Dew (Original) is neither a dew, obviously, nor is it even made in Tullamore. It’s a blended Irish whiskey, not a single malt. It is not triple distilled and not even pot stilled like better whiskies. The Buena Vista probably buys it because it’s cheap. Think of it as the Old Crow of Irish whiskies.

By the same token, to use really good whiskey for an Irish Coffee would be silly. The subtleties of good whiskey are lost with the addition of coffee, sugar and cream.

Joanna April 5, 2015 at 7:28 am

My parents were both born in Ireland. Yrs.ago my husband and I had “IRISH coffee” at a very up scale IRISH restaurant in Manhattan, the Irish coffee was fabulous and the bartender told me use tullamore dew IRISH whiskey & brown sugar, top with fresh whipped heavy cream. My IRISH coffee is the best! SLAINTE Joanna

Jeff February 5, 2016 at 5:53 pm

What kind of whipping cream or how do you make it so it floats on top? Have tried whipped cream and regular whipping cream help!

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