Coffee? Irish style? Sure it is St. Patrick’s Day after all!!
Irish coffee is a famous drink around the world. A favourite of many in winter and around the Christmas period, however also perfect throughout the year and even more so for any special occasions.
Originally invented by Joe Sheridan in Foynes, County Limerick, a small town in the west of Ireland, Irish coffee has become a popular choice of beverage by locals and tourists alike. The history behind the drink goes the whole way back to 1943 when a flight from Foynes to Botwood, Newfoundland, Canada was forced to turn back because of bad weather. The passengers were brought to The Airport Bar and Restaurant in Foynes for some food and a hot drink to warm them up. Joe Sheridan, who worked in the airport bar and restaurant at the time, made the passengers up a warm coffee and decided to put some Irish whiskey into the mix. When Sheridan was approached by one of the passengers asking “was that coffee Brazilian”, he jokingly replied “that was an Irish Coffee”. And the rest they say is history.
Here to tempt you is the perfect Irish coffee recipe so that you can enjoy this Irish favourite wherever you may be!
Irish Coffee (serves: 1)
2.5cl of Irish whiskey
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar, preferably brown sugar
Freshly made hot coffee
2-4 tablespoons chilled whipped cream
Heat but do not boil the Irish whiskey. A microwave works well for this (20 to 30 seconds on high power should do the trick). Pour the warmed whiskey into a warmed 7-ounce goblet or Irish coffee glass and add the sugar. Fill with the hot coffee to within about a half inch of the top of the cup. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Float the whipped cream on top of the hot coffee and serve immediately.
The perfect Irish coffee should look pretty much like Ireland’s other famous drink – Guinness!
Enjoy and do send us photos of your Irish coffee this St. Patrick’s Day.