NATIONAL Irish Coffee Day.
What a great invention! Of course, there are a few different folks claiming the honor of creating this wonderful little concoction.
In no particular order, the "inventors" of Irish Coffee:
FIRST - Joe Sheridan - head chef at Foynes
The coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a miserable winter evening in the 1940s. Sheridan added whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. After the passengers asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan told them it was "Irish coffee". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_coffee
SECOND - Tom Bergin's Tavern in Los Angeles
Tom Bergin's Tavern in Los Angeles, also claims to have been the originator, and has had a large sign in place reading "House of Irish Coffee" since the early 1950's. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_coffee
THIRD - Joe Jackson, Hotel Ballybofey
Whom ever is the originator, we don't really care. We just know the best Irish Coffee starts with the best coffee. Enjoy this Irish Coffee recipe with a bold cup of San Francisco Bay French Roast.
- 1 Cup freshly brewed hot coffee
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons)
- Heavy cream, slightly whipped
Fill footed mug or a mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serve hot.