(image from ivillage)
It all began in an airport in Foyne (a busy travel point between Europe and the U.S. in the 1930-1940s)…one night in the winter of 1934, a flight left to New York and had to turn back because of the weather. Joe Sheridan, the chef that was working at the restaurant in the terminal building, offered the passengers a coffee drink mixed with some Irish whiskey. One American passenger asked if it was Brazilian coffee, and the chef answered, “that’s Irish coffee.”
In 1952 Jack Koeppler, owner of Buena Vista in San Fransisco brought the Irish Coffee recipe back to the United States and made it famous.
1 measure Irish whiskey
1 measure strong black coffee
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons fresh whipping cream
Heat the glass with boiling water so that it is good and hot. Add the whiskey, sugar and the hot coffee. Float the cream on top of the coffee. Do this by pouring the cream into a spoon rested just on the surface of the coffee. Let the cream flow into the bowl of the spoon and overflow onto the coffee. Lift the spoon as the cream builds up, so that a layer of cream builds up on top of the coffee. Since it is the sugar that allows the cream to float successfully do not try this in coffee without sugar. Do not stir. Irish coffee is best enjoyed by sipping the coffee through the cream.
Enjoy and Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Philz!!