Rejuvenate Your Spirit with Irish Coffee
Rejuvenate Your Spirit with Irish Coffee

When bad weather forced a transatlantic flight to return to Foynes Port, Limerick, in the winter of 1943, the passengers were in for a surprise. A strong yet creamy drink was waiting there to welcome them to safety. Joe Sheridan, a local chef, had created the first cups of Irish coffee – a rich blend of coffee, cream, and Irish whiskey. The drink became a specialty found at airports, and at the end of the war, made its way across the Atlantic when a journalist of the San Francisco Chronicle persuaded his local bar, the Buena Vista Café, of the drink’s merits.

Ingredients

  • Cream - Rich as an Irish Brogue
  • Coffee - Strong as a Friendly Hand
  • Sugar - Sweet as the tongue of a Rogue
  • Whiskey - Smooth as the Wit of the Land
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The Process

Fill an Irish coffee glass (or alternately the coffee mug) with hot water to preheat. Empty the glass, and pour piping hot coffee till about ¾ full. Add brown sugar and stir to dissolve. The sugar is essential to help the cream float on top.

Blend in Irish whiskey and top off with a collar of thick whipped cream poured over the back of a spoon. Do not stir, but rather drink the coffee through the creamy layer.

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