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Warm up with The Port Tavern’s classic Irish Coffee. By Lauren Carelli.


There’s a cold rain falling on old snow, and the slush on the sidewalks has soaked through your boots, turning your wool socks into frigid sponges. Fortunately, The Port Tavern in Newburyport serves a few warm drinks to heat you up, including one of the oldest cold-weather remedies around: Irish Coffee.

If you’re looking for the perfect ending to a meal or just a way to warm your toes, this Irish Coffee is one of the finest on the North Shore. Whether enjoying the drink with company or listening to the Irish music that’s playing, customers from their mid-20s to late 60s come to this cozy Irish pub to order the specialty drink on a regular basis.

“It’s popular because it goes with the theme of the restaurant,” says bar-tender Kristen Olsen. And when it gets nasty outside, she says, “People love to come here and enjoy a little alcohol in their coffee.” Don’t forget to ask for the whipped cream on top. The Port Tavern, Newburyport, 978-465-1006,

Irish Coffee

Serves 1

1     shot (1.5 oz) of Jameson Whiskey

1     cup brewed coffee

dollop of whipped cream (optional)

Pour a shot of whiskey into a tall coffee glass. Pour in coffee, allowing the whiskey to mix in. Serve with or without whipped cream.