On National Coffee Day, How About A Little History Of The “Irish Coffee”!


The story is told that the first “Irish Coffee” was served by a man named Joseph Sheridan at the Foynes Airbase terminal restaurant.  Passengers had returned from a wet, cold flight and he decided to serve up something that would warm them up.  The Irish coffee was born.  Joe continued working in airports and there is a Joe Sheridan’s Cafe in the Shannon International Airport.  A plaque is there commemorating the start of the drink.

In 1952 the Buena Vista Cafe in San Fransisco offered Joe a job and he emigrated to the United States.  It is said that he shared his recipe for the coffee there as well.  Click on the link below for more details about the Irish Coffee’s origin.

Here is Joe’s recipe, enjoy!!

Authentic Irish Coffee Recipe – Joe Sheridan’s Recipe

The next time you’ve got chilly guests, follow Joe Sheridan’s example. Warm their spirits with a spirited beverage that has been a favorite since 1942: Irish coffee.
Yields: 1 serving
Prep time: 10 min


Hot teaspoon
1 measure or shot (2 ounces) Irish whiskey
2 teaspoons brown sugar
5 to 6 ounces freshly-brewed strong black coffee
2 teaspoons heavy or whipping cream, lightly whipped*

  • The cream should be “half whipped – not too stiff and not too liquid

Place a teaspoon in a bowl with hot water to heat; let sit until ready to use.

Preheat a stemmed whiskey goblet (7-ounce coffee cup or goblet may be substituted) with boiling water so that it is good and hot. Pour out the hot water and discard.

Add the brown sugar in the bottom of the goblet. Fill with strong black coffee to within 1 inch of the top; stir gently until sugar is dissolved. Add the Irish Whiskey; stir again and then let sit until the mixture is still.

Using the hot teaspoon, place the spoon (back side up) in the goblet. Gently pour the prepared whipped cream over the back of the teaspoon (held just above the coffee’s surface). Gradually raise the spoon as you slowly pour in the cream. This will result in a layer of liquid cream that floats on top of the coffee. Do not stir the cream in the coffee.

Drinking the coffee through the layer of cream results in the rich, authentic flavor that the coffee’s drinkers originally enjoyed. Do not stir. Irish coffee is best enjoyed by sipping the coffee through the cream.

Makes 1 serving.

Source: whatscookingamerica.net

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