I can’t think of anything better than coffee, booze and ice cream. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner so what could be more appropriate, right? This creamy Irish coffee float recipe will be a big hit this year. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

What is Irish coffee?

For those who don’t know, Irish coffee is freshly brewed coffee combined with whiskey and a coffee liqueur. It was invented near Limerick, Ireland in the 1940s. During World War II, this region was a stop-off fueling point for both political and civilian passengers traveling through Europe during the war. Because of all of the increase in traffic, a restaurant was setup to cater to these passengers. The days were cold and dreary and the chef knew there was an opportunity to capitalize, thus the invention of Irish coffee.

What kind of liqueur do I use?

For this recipe, to stay in theme with St. Patrick’s Day, I’ll be using Bailey’s Irish cream.

To begin, start with a chilled glass. Place a clean glass into the freezer for a couple of hours and remove when needed. Brew coffee about 15 minutes prior to serving. Brewing the coffee ahead of time will allow it to cool a little above room temperature. This ensures the ice cream doesn’t fully melt and the extreme heat won’t break your glass.

Add 2 scoops of ice cream to the bottom of the glass and pour warm coffee over top. Leave a bit of room (about a half an inch) to add the rest of the ingredients. I used chocolate ice cream but vanilla would also work perfectly for this recipe.

To bring this float to life, pour in a shot of Irish Whiskey. I used Jameson, but any Irish Whiskey will do.

Add a shot of Bailey’s Irish cream.

Add another dollop of ice cream.

Top off with whipped cream.

If you’re a chocolate lover like me, top off with chocolate sauce.

There you have it! Delicious creamy Irish coffee float. Festive and irresistible!

Creamy Irish Coffee Float Recipe


  • 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee
  • 1.5 ounces of Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1.5 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 3 scoops of chocolate ice cream
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)


  1. Brew coffee and allow to cool about 15 minutes (slightly above room temperature).
  2. Using a chilled glass, add 2 scoops of ice cream.
  3. Pour coffee over ice cream, leaving room for the rest of the ingredients (about a half-an-inch).
  4. Pour in Irish whiskey
  5. Add Bailey’s Irish Cream
  6. Add the last scoop of ice cream
  7. Top off with whipped cream and chocolate sauce (optional)

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