Chai-Rish Coffee

Mary Palac, Paper Plane | San Jose, CA

While working at The Interval, not far from Buena Vista Cafe, Mary Palac and the bar team talked frequently on the topic of Irish Coffees, a signature of the nearby bar. What began as a joke—a play on an Irish Coffee made with spiced chai—eventually became a bestseller at Paper Plane. For the drink, Palac combines Irish whiskey, cold brew and a chai syrup and tops the whole thing with chai spice–flavored whipped cream. “This,” she says, “is one of those drinks that I’d call a banger.”


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey, preferably Powers
  • 2 ounces cold brew, preferably Academic Coffee
  • 1/2 ounce chai syrup (see Editor’s Note)

Garnish: chai whipped cream

  1. Combine all ingredients in a double rocks glass over ice.
  2. Stir to integrate.
  3. Garnish with chai whipped cream.
Editor's Note

Chai Syrup:
Brew 4 tea bags of chai in 8 ounces of boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add 8 ounces of sugar. Dissolve and chill.

Chai Whipped Cream:
1/4 ounce Chai Syrup (see above)
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 ounces heavy cream
Combine all ingredients in a protein shaker, and shake until you reach a rich, creamy consistency.