With St. Patrick’s day coming next week, what better way to celebrate than mixing up an Irish coffee. The Victor crew wanted to find out more about Irish coffee: where it came from and how to make it. This is what we found.
The drink originated in the 1940s. A group of American passengers got off a Pan Am flying boat in the winter and Joe Sheridan, head chef in Limerick, and he added whiskey to coffee to warm them up. They asked if it was Brazilian coffee and he said it was Irish coffee. A travel writer brought it back to America in 1952.
The main ingredients are coffee, whiskey, and cream. Methods vary. Some use brewed coffee, some use caffe americano (diluted espresso), espresso, or other coffee. Sometimes the cream is just shaken or whipped. The spirits are preferably an Irish whiskey.
Most of the recipes call for about 1-1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey, 1 tsp brown sugar, 4-6 oz. hot coffee and either heavy cream floated on top or whipped cream on top. Done.