Hip hip hooray to Irish ingenuity! January 25 is “Irish Coffee Day”
time to pay tribute to the luxuriously creamy, cockle-warming beverage.
Who invented it?
- Joseph Sheridan
- He operated a restaurant at Foynes airport, now Shannon in the south-west of Ireland
- And tried to warm the body and spirit of the arriving passengers.
- He created the hot coffee drink with whipped cream.
- When asked, “Is this Brazilian coffee?” Sheridan replied, “No, it’s Irish coffee.
- The iconic hot whiskey drink was invented in 1942.
- Although the drink was created in Ireland, it became big in San Francisco.
- The travel writer Stanton Delaplane reported about the Irish Coffee to the owner of Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco, Jack Coeppler in 1952.
- Since then, 2,000 Irish Coffees are served daily.
The Original Recipe
Cream as rich as an Irish brogue; coffee as strong as a friendly hand; sugar sweet as the tongue of a rogue; and whiskey smooth as the wit of the land.
- Preheat the glass with very hot water.
- Add 2 tsp. of brown sugar to the dry glass.
- Then add freshly brewed strong coffee and stir.
- Once the sugar has melted, add 4-6 tsp of Irish Whiskey and stir.
- Pour the freshly whipped cream onto the coffee over the back of a hot teaspoon.
- The cream should not be too stiff and not too liquid
- When drinking, never stir the coffee, but drink through the cream!