Mix This: Irish Coffee

April 11th, 2012 — 2:07pm


The Irish Coffee

- 2 parts Bushmills Irish Whiskey
- 4 parts Coffee
- 1 ½ parts fresh hand whipped cream
- 1 brown sugar cube

Combine the Bushmills, coffee, and sugar cube to a mug and muddle the sugar cube until you can’t see any of it in the drink.  Hand whip your cream for about one minute and top off the coffee with it.

The Irish Coffee was created 100 years ago by Joe Sheridan, head chef at Foynes County, Limerick, Ireland.  The idea for it originated after a group of American passengers arrived after disembarking from a Pan Am flying boat.  It was winter and they were all very tired.  Sheridan added some whiskey to their coffee to warm them up a bit more.  After asking if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan replied,”no, it’s Irish Coffee.”

Irish Coffee was then brought over to San Francisco after Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer, drank some at the Shannon International Airport in Ireland.  He also worked for the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco, and started serving it on November 10, 1952..  He re-created the recipe by floating cream on top of the coffee.

Irish coffee is now served all over the world, in different variations.  But true Irish coffee always has a good Irish coffee to go along with it.

Jeff Marino, Casey’s Irish Pub, GM