Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee is indeed Irish. The Port of Foynes, which is located in County Limerick, was a major hub for for air traffic between the United States and Europe during the 30's and 40's. Travel was by Flying Boats. One flight that took off in 1943, encountered some really bad weather and turned back. The weather was equally as nasty upon their return and the passengers headed towards the terminal restaurant. Realizing how miserable these passengers were, Chef Joe Sheridan grabbed a bottle of Irish and prepared the comforting drinks. Legend has it that one of the passengers asked, "is this Brazilian coffee?", to which Sheridan answered, "No, that's Irish Coffee."

The Buena Vista in San Francisco helped to bring this renowned drink to the States in 1952. Owner, Jack Koeppler, made his way to Ireland to learn the secrets of Irish Coffee from the horses mouth; Joe Sheridan. Thank you Jack!

Today, the original drink can be had at Shannon Airport in the Joe Sheridan Cafe Bar, where a plaque honors the creator. 

Original Irish Coffee Recipe

1 jigger of Irish Whiskey
2 teaspoons of Sugar
Fresh Hot Coffee
Fresh Cream

Rinse your glass with boiling water, so it is good and hot to start with. Add your Whiskey, Sugar & Coffee. Stir. Using the back of a spoon, slowly pour the cream so it sets on top of the mixture.

Do not stir the cream into the coffee. Traditionally, this is best sipped through the cream. The fresher the cream you can buy, the better, too.

Irish Coffee has become Americanized, and mostly to look more Irish. Lots of places will serve it with canned whipped cream and drizzle Green Creme de Menthe over it. It looks pretty, but it isn't authentic, nor does it enhance a good Irish whiskey!