Celtic Coffee Traditions

It is long standing tradition in Celtic culture to share a cup of coffee with a loved one. However, in Ireland they do it a bit differently, and like to add a bit of alcohol to compliment the caffeine content. The Irish are known for their love of alcohol, and when it comes to their evening (or even morning) coffee, there is certainly no exception.

What You Will Need

irish coffe mugThe recipe is a simple one, and everything you need can be found at your local supermarket. The Liqueur can be a specialty item, and depending on where you are, you may ave to go looking for it in a specialty liquor store. But trust us, in the end, it will we totally worth it. We have tried other types of alcohol for this recipe but none have come close to matching the smoothness in this traditional Celtic beverage.


  • 1 1/2 oz. Celtic Cross Liqueur
  • 6 oz. Iced Coffee

It’s important that the coffee is iced and not hot as this is how the recipe is traditionally made. That’s not to say you couldn’t do it iced because it’s also delicious, but if you are going for tradition it needs to be hot.

Glass Type

This may may seem like an insignificant detail, however this is how they traditionally drink it Irishman, you are going to need an Irish mug. These can be found in any store really.


  1. In an Irish Mug, add in Celtic Crossing Liqueur
  2. Top with Iced Coffee
  3. Garnish with Whipped Cream and Green Sugar

There you have it! It’s incredibly simple, but so were many things of days past. This is why they are so honored in today;s world as they respect a part of us that has died off for most people.