William Elliott’s Irish Coffee

Will Elliott, Maison Premiere | Brooklyn, NY

This upgrade to the classic Irish was inspired by a striated riff on a White Russian, another drink that showcases the flavors of coffee and cream. William Elliott starts his version with French-pressed George Howell coffee and finishes with a collar of espresso liqueur-flavored cream.


Serving: 1

  • 4 ounces hot coffee
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey, preferably Tyrconnell
  • 1/2 ounce Demerara syrup 
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters

Garnish: grated nutmeg

  1. Combine all ingredients, except flavored cream, in a pre-warmed Irish Coffee mug.
  2. Stir to integrate.
  3. Top with flavored cream.
  4. Garnish with grated nutmeg.
Editor's Note

Flavored Cream:
Combine 2 ounces cream, ¼ ounce Demerara syrup and ¼ ounce Varnelli Caffè Moka liqueur in a mixing tin. Shake with a Hawthorne strainer coil until the mixture has thickened but is still pourable (about 1 minute).

Tagged: Irish Coffee, winter