Thin Mint Irish Coffee


It came to me, out of nowhere, a drink for St. Patrick’s Day.  I tried to ignore it; it would be empty calories that I don’t need.  Then I was at Bed, Bath and Beyond and they had Irish Coffee Mugs…cheap.  I bought two.  Just in case.  But I won’t use them.

I searched the internet, has anyone created a drink like this?  Irish coffee, check.  Grasshopper coffee, check.  Thin Mint Irish Coffee…no where to be found.  It doesn’t matter, I’m not going to make it anyways.

At work I throw the idea around; does it sound good?  “Oh yes, and are you going to post it?”  I probably shouldn’t.  Well, maybe.  After all, it can’t just be a coincidence that Girl Scout cookies come out so close to St. Patrick’s Day, right?  I mean, it’s like, destiny or something, isn’t it?

There is probably something just a little wrong with mixing Girl Scout cookies and alcohol.  I can’t help it, they were my inspiration.  It could have been Andes mints or a York Peppermint Patty, but it wasn’t.  I haven’t been known as an politically correct person, so I’m going with my original inspiration: The Thin Mint.

Humor me for a moment as I share my tribulations.  I rushed home after buying the booze and picking up the Baby boy from school.  I needed to hurry while I had some natural light.  I ground fresh coffee, made a half pot, made my drinks sans whipped cream and started practice shooting.  (I wanted to practice before the  I put on the whipped cream…for melty reasons.)

Just as I was ready…major cloud cover.  I tried all my viable spots in the house, but I only got dark, bad pictures.  So I took it outside, the light was better but the 15 mile an hour Chinook winds did not make it easy.  It’s a good thing I made two of them for the photo…they were quickly consumed after I was done…and all was well again.


I have to say this drink was Feckin good!  If you’re Irish you know what I mean, if you aren’t, it’s the ummm brand of Irish Whiskey I used.  You don’t have to save this drink for just St. Paddy’s day, I think that you would enjoy it anytime!


Note: I used some green sprinkles to give it a festive flare, or you could dye the whipped cream green for an even bolder affect.  Or just skip it altogether.

Thin Mint Irish Coffee
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  1. 1/2 oz. Kahlua Mocha or Crème de Cacao
  2. 1/2 oz. Crème de Menthe
  3. 1 oz. Irish Whiskey
  4. 1/2 cup strong coffee
  5. Whipped Cream
  6. 1 Thin Mint, chopped for Garnish
  7. Green sprinkles or green dye if desired
  1. Mix Kahlua Mocha, Crème de Menthe, Irish Whiskey and coffee in an 8 oz. mug.  top with whipped cream (colored green if desired) and garnish with Thin Mint cookie crumbs and green sprinkles.
  1. (for one drink)
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8 Responses to Thin Mint Irish Coffee

  1. Angie March 16, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Feckin brilliant!

  2. Kitchen Butterfly March 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Loving it, loving it and I know what you mean when you say Bed, Baths and Beyond, I have been to the States after all.

  3. Lisa~~ October 24, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    I was lucky enough to get your blog this month for SRC and I was quite excited as I already had a number of your recipes bookmarked to make. In the end we decided to drink from your blog and this recipe was a huge and tipsy success. I’m looking forward to making more of your recipes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  4. Arild Helbaek December 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Hi. Can you tell me where i can bay the mint powder ?

    • Giggles December 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Arild, I didn’t actually use any mint powder. I crumbled a chocolate mint cookie and used colored green sugar for the garnish.

  5. Arild Helbaek December 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    can you tell me where i can bay the mint powder to the irish coffee?

  6. Melissa January 26, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    You are a riot..I’m not Irish but I’ve been to are feckin dead on!

    Love reading your blog, keep it coming!!

    I am a vegetarian ( I do eat fish) and would love to see some of your awesome recipes sans meat!!



    • Giggles January 29, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

      Melissa, you are in luck my very next recipe will be sans meat! Glad you are enjoying the blog!