OTT Irish Coffee [Cocktail Recipe]

Created by Joaquín Simó, partner at Pouring Ribbons in New York City, the OTT Irish Coffee puts a toasted twist on a cocktail classic. “My favorite wintertime attire is a whisky sweater—that delicious warming glow that keeps me feeling toasty even when a bitter wind nips at my cheeks,” Simó says. Here, that sweater comes in the form of a hot Irish whiskey with orange-spiked whipped cream floating on top.


  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1½ oz. Knappogue Castle Irish whiskey (or other single malt Irish whiskey)
  • ¼ oz. rich demerara syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water)
  • 5 oz. hot coffee
  • 5 drops saline solution (or 1 tiny pinch kosher salt)
  • Garnish: orange heavy cream (recipe below), 2 lightly toasted marshmallows (optional)


Muddle cardamom pods in the bottom of a pre-heated Irish coffee glass. Add whiskey, demerara syrup, hot coffee, and saline solution and stir. Float orange heavy cream over the top by pouring gently over the back of a spoon. Garnish with marshmallows on a stick.

How to Make Orange Heavy Cream

  • 5-6 oz. heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. white sugar
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6

Whip all ingredients until thickened but still pourable. Place leftovers in a sealed container and refrigerate for up to ten days.

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