Irish Coffee - first served in the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco on November 10, 1952.

A group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flight in Limerick on a cold Winter’s night in 1940. Joe Sheridan, the head chef at Foynes (the precursor to Shannon airport) put a little whiskey in their coffee to warm them and lo and behold the Irish whiskey was born.  Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle brought the beverage to America after sampling it in Shannon Airport.  It was first served in the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco on November 10, 1952. 

So, on this International Coffee Day, why not whip up a proper Irish Coffee?

Here's the International Bartenders Association (IBA) recipe:

Served hot

40ml (2 parts) Irish whiskey

80ml (4 parts) hot coffee

30ml (1 and ½ parts) fresh cream

1 tsp brown sugar

Heat the coffee, whiskey and sugar; do not boil. Pour into glass and top with cream.

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Tags: Airport, Coffee, Food, Foynes, Limerick, Shannon, Whiskey

Comment by Bit Devine on September 29, 2013 at 1:04am

Quite a few Roasters in Ireland... which is why I am more often surprised when I get a bad cuppa coffee... It seems that a good many of the B&Bs in which I stay use a French Press. I suppose that is better than the instant granules...or individual coffee bags...


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