Imagine walking through the brisk and grey city streets of Dublin, Ireland. You are chilled to the bone, and you rush into a café to warm up. You could have a regular coffee, or maybe a latte or cappuccino, but night is falling and you’re in Ireland! There is no better place to indulge in a delicious Irish coffee.

Made of coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, the concoction is topped with a thick layer of heavy cream and is served in a clear glass piping hot. Interestingly, if you think about it, the Irish coffee visually is identical to another typical Irish beverage, a pint of Guinness. The dark brew with a thick white head and the coffee drink could almost be mixed up! But the satisfying feeling that comes with sipping on an Irish Coffee and maybe having a slice of cake, a couple of biscuits, or maybe a petit four or two in an old café/bar with marble topped tables, chandeliers for lighting, and filled with people who had the same idea, can’t be beat. Everyone thinks that the most important experience to have when visiting Ireland (especially Dublin) is to share a pint of Guinness somewhere along Temple Bar Road with other congenial new friends, and that is a fun thing to do too, but if you’re not in the mood or if you’re looking for a different crowd, the Irish Coffee experience is the perfect “road less traveled”.

The magic of this country is that almost any bar you walk into, an elegant espresso machine will be found behind a bartender who knows how to expertly operate it. So if you happen to stumble into a bar rather than a café, you can also indulge in this warming and tasty beverage.