.

Irish Coffee: A Toast to St. Patrick!

How will you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Corned beef and cabbage? Irish soda bread? How about tipping a glass of Irish coffee with a recipe straight from the pubs of Limerick?

Imagine a cold rainy night at the Foynes Airbase in Limerick, Ireland in the 1940s.  A Pan Am flying boat lands and a group of shivering American passengers disembark.  The chef at the airport restaurant offers them hot coffee.  Because of the miserable weather, he decides to spike the coffee with whiskey to warm them up. The Americans ask if they are being served Brazilian coffee to which the chef replies promptly, “No, this is Irish coffee.”*  Thus, the origin of the most popular beverage for departing and arriving passengers at what became the Shannon Airport.


Fast forward to the 1950s when a travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, brought the beverage to the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco where he worked with the bar owners to recreate the Irish way of serving it with cream floating on the top. It is still being served the same way today in this landmark Fisherman’s Wharf café. Here’s how to make your own.

Irish Coffee
You will need a clear glass mug or Irish coffee glass.


Ingredients
Freshly brewed hot coffee
2 teaspoons brown sugar (or raw sugar)
1 shot (3 tablespoons) Irish whiskey
Lightly whipped cream


Directions
To start off, you will need to fill your empty glass with hot water to preheat the glass. After you fill it, let it preheat the glass for a few seconds and then empty. Follow by pouring the freshly brewed coffee into the glass until it is about three quarters of the way filled. Then, place the two teaspoons of sugar into the mix. Stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved.   Add the shot of your favorite Irish whiskey.   Stir again. Using a warm spoon, flip it over, and let the homemade whipped cream carefully slide over the spoon’s back and onto your Irish coffee mixture. You want to make sure that the whipped cream does not break into the Irish coffee’s surface.  Your palate gets the coffee/whiskey mixture through the wonderful cream. Cheers!

    Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
    Who through strategy and stealth,
    Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
    Here’s a toasting to his health.
    But not too many toastings
    Lest you lose yourself and then
    Forget the good Saint Patrick
    And see all those snakes again.


*Some sources credit Joe Sheridan with the invention and others credit Daveina Davidson.
Photo by Michael Kirigin

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »