Hot Drinks All Bartenders Should Know



Of course, hot drinks topped with real whipped cream are so much better than canned, but let’s be real, 95% of American bars don’t carry real whipped cream. If you work at a bar that uses canned whipped cream, please do guests a favor by providing straws to use as tools. Many times, guests are left using their fingers and mouths before the fluffiness finally flops over due to the coffee melting it. They either walk to the bar to get a straw or have someone bring them one. Try this presentation: with the cup handle facing you, lay a cocktail straw across (the top of the glass) at 10:00 o’clock and 4:00 o’clock then grab another cocktail straw and lay it over the first straw at 2:00 o’clock and 8:00 o’clock (the straws make a cross). While holding the second straw add the canned whipped cream. Make it pretty, at least an inch above the rim. The straws not only provide stability for the whipped cream they also give the guest tools. Also, try to pre-heat the glass with hot water so that you start with a hot glass.

Irish Coffee

An Irish airport bartender named Joe Sheridan invented the Irish Coffee at Shannon Airport in Dublin. Then in 1952. a San Francisco reporter named Stanton Delaplane took the recipe back to Jack Koeppler who owned the Buena Vista Cafe. Today the bar claims to serve 2000 Irish Coffees a day. Holy Java, Batman!

Glass: Irish coffee mug.
1 1/2 ounces of Irish whiskey
3 packets of sugar
4 ounces of hot black coffee

Mixing Method: build.
Garnish: whipped cream.


If you have it, try to use brown sugar. The Buena Vista recipe is: preheat the glass, pour black coffee three-quarters full, drop in three sugar cubes, stir to dissolve, add a jigger of Irish Whiskey, and add real whipping cream to the rim using a spoon.


I know what I’m about to say is going to catch me a lot of flack, but I put a couple drops of green crème de menthe on top of the whip cream then top it off with a cherry. The fact is that is just looks so darn pretty and everyone wants to know what that drink is and therefore I end up selling more.


Irish Coffee Family


Italian Coffee: amaretto and coffee.
Mexican Coffee: Kahlúa and coffee.
Keoke Coffee (key-O-key): brandy, coffee liqueur, and coffee (also called a Coffee Nudge in Northwest America).
Bailey’s and Coffee: Bailey’s Irish Cream and coffee.
Hot Nutty Irishman: Irish cream, Frangelico, and coffee.
Hot Girl Scout Cookie: coffee liqueur, white crème de menthe, and coffee.

Many guests want to try something different, so here’s a couple that I’ve found guests love.

Tuaca, hot apple cider, topped with whip cream.

Coffee liqueur, raspsberry liqueur, hot chocolate, topped with whip cream.

Others you probably won’t make but should know

Hot Toddy: whiskey, hot water, lemon and honey.
Hot Buttered Rum: dark or spiced rum, hot water or hot apple cider, spoon of unsalted butter, honey, cinnamon and cloves.

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