Food-Irish CoffeeTop of the mornin’ to ya! We know most of you probably begin your day with a basic steaming cup of joe, but today’s a special occasion. National Irish Coffee Day arrives only once a year, and we feel it should be correctly celebrated. Listed below are a few variations of the traditional cocktail, so that regardless of where you are in the world, you’ll be able to warm up/cool off. Either way, you’ll enjoy every sip.

So take out the booze and brew that coffee—after all, it’s 5 O’clock somewhere, right?

Traditional Irish Coffee (1 serving)

  • 2 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • 6 oz. hot coffee
  • 1 oz. Bushmills Irish Whiskey
  • whipped cream (optional)

Combine all ingredients into an “Irish coffee” glass and top with whipped cream. Enjoy, then make another one…

Iced Irish Coffee (1 serving)

  • 2 oz. Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp. chilled espresso
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 3 oz. chilled coffee
  • whipped cream (optional)

Mix whiskey and espresso in a small bowl and let sit for 15 minutes. Strain the combination into a cocktail shaker. Meanwhile, stir together sugar and 2 tsp. of hot water in another bowl until sugar dissolves. Add sugar syrup and cold coffee to the cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until the outside is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a tall glass with ice and top with whipped cream.

The Chilly Irishman (1 serving)

  • 1 cup of ice
  • 2 oz. chilled espresso
  • 1 oz. Kahlua
  • ¾ oz. Irish whiskey
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • shaved chocolate (optional)

Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and if desired (which you probably do), garnish with shaved chocolate.

 Irish Coffee Eggnog (6 servings)

  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/3 cup Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • ground nutmeg (optional)

Pour eggnog into a large pitcher. Stir the sugar into the hot coffee until it dissolves. Let concoction cool slightly then combine with eggnog. Stir in brandy and Irish Cream. Depending on what temperature you desire, chill mixture in the refrigerator, heat up on the stove, or serve at room temperate. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with nutmeg.