Irish Coffee Recipes

One of the most famous Irish drink recipes there are and the most requested on cold winter evenings are for Irish coffee.

A Bit of History of the Irish Coffee

Joe Sheridan at the Foynes Airbase in 1942, created the first Irish Coffee after a flight was recalled due to winter storms. He knew most Americans preferred coffee, so Joe treated them to a trick the Irish had used for a long time to ‘warm themselves up’.

A lot of Irish will add a shot of whiskey to their tea, but with Americans preferring coffee, he added it to their coffee with some sugar and cream. Needless to say, it was a hit!

Irish Coffee Comes to America

Later, in about 1952, Irish Coffee shows up in the San Francisco’s Buena Vista Bar. It is a bit of a debate whether Joe Sheridan himself introduced it to Americans at the bar, or if Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle encouraged the bar to start serving it. Either way, we are glad it made its way across the Atlantic!
So, on to the original recipe!

Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee

Fill a footed Irish Coffee Mug 3/4 of the way with coffee. Add 3 sugar cubes or 1 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar and one shot Irish Whiskey.(All real Irish whiskey is good, but Jamesons and Bushmills is consistently on the lists of ‘best Irish Whiskey’!)

Stir to dissolve the sugar. Now top off the mug with aged cream(old cream, new cream wont float) pouring it over an upside down spoon so the cream doesn’t disturb the coffee. If you still have trouble with your cream sinking, you can try lightly whisking it until it is a bit frothy, NOT stiff(that is a new twist on Irish Coffee).

Slightly Different Recipe

For a slightly different taste, follow the above recipe replacing the granulated sugar with brown sugar.
What Some Call Irish Coffee, But It’s Not
Another recipe that some really enjoy and consider it to be amongst Irish Coffee recipes is to put an ounce or two of Baileys Irish Cream in their coffee. This isn’t Irish Coffee, even though Baileys Irish Cream is made with great Irish Whiskey and wonderful rich cream that can only be gotten in Ireland. So, sorry to disappoint you, but you’re not drinking or making an original Irish coffee if you are adding Baileys to it.

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