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Gran Rosta Coffee

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Ray Burns, the owner of Prohibition in Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., says there’s never a wrong time of year to drink an Irish Coffee, but it’s especially perfect for winter sipping.

“As Irishmen, we take our Irish Coffee very seriously. The Gran Rosta Coffee has become one of our signature drinks at both Prohibition locations,” Burns says of the drink, which derives its name from the Gaelic words for “popcorn.” “The secret ingredient is a sprinkling of popcorn powder on top.”

This recipe originally appeared as part of “The Irish Coffee: 3 Delicious Ways to Reconsider the Famed Cocktail.”



  1. Add boiling water to an Irish Coffee mug, and let sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Pour out the water, and add the whiskey and simple syrup.

  3. Fill the mug with good-quality coffee.

  4. Top with a layer of freshly whipped cream.

  5. Sprinkle with popcorn powder (buttered and salted popcorn ground into a powder).