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Irish Coffee

The Port of Foyne was a busy air traffic point between Europe and United States in the 1930s and 1940s, carrying a diverse range of people from refugees and Royal members. It was the winter of 1934, the flight from Foyne left to New York in extremely bad weather that eventually caused the flight to return. Chef Joe Sheridan working at the restaurant in the terminal building offered tired passengers the coffee drink mixed with Irish whiskey. One American passenger asked if that's 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. Every year, the Foynes Flying Boat Museum holds an Irish Coffee Festival in August. The festival has the world's best Irish Coffee making competition.

The Original Irish Coffee
Joe, Sheridan, Foynes Flying Boat Museum

  • Cream - Rich as an Irish Brogue
  • Coffee- Strong as Friendly Hand
  • Sugar - Sweet as the tongue of a Rouge
  • Irish Whiskey - smooth as the Wit of the Land

    In a warm stemmed whiskey goblet, pour one jigger of Irish whiskey. Add one spoon of brown sugar and fill with strong black coffee within one inch of brim. Stir to dissolve the sugar and top off with whipped cream, slightly aerated by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Do not stir after adding the cream as the true flavor is obtained by drinking the hot coffee and Irish whiskey through the cream.

    Classic Irish Coffee
    - 2 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
    - 2 teaspoons brown sugar
    - 5 - 6 oz freshly brewed strong black coffee

    Stir thoroughly and top off with a layer of heavy whipping cream, poured gently over the back of a spoon.

    Hot Kiss Goodnight
    - 2 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
    - 2 teaspoons cream de menthe (green or white)
    - 1/2 oz creme de cacao (white or brown)
    - 4 oz freshly brewed strong black coffee

    Stir thoroughly and then add a thick cap of whipped cream; place Hershey's Kiss on top.

    Whiskey-a-Cocoa
    - 2 oz Bushmill Irish Whiskey
    - 4 - 5 oz hot chocolate

    Stir thoroughly and then add a thick cap of whipped cream; sprinkle with flakes of chocolate.

    Hot Mocha
    - 1 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
    - 1/2 oz creme de cacao (white or brown)
    - 1 1/2 oz hot espresso

    Stir thoroughly and top off with a layer of heavy cream, poured gently over the back of a spoon

    Hot Irish Monk
    - 2 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey
    - 1 oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
    - 4 oz hot chocolate

    Stir thoroughly and add a thick cap of whipped cream; sprinkle with chopped, toasted hazelnuts.

    More Irish Whiskey Cocktails:
  • Irish Cream Cafe
  • Tall Dark and Creamy
  • White Knight
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