A true Irish coffee is a glass of hot coffee with brown sugar and Irish whiskey stirred in then topped with thick cream. The coffee is then drunk through the thick cream head. Sometimes whipped cream is used to top the drink, but this is not the traditional recipe.
Sometimes people will use the term “Irish Coffee” to refer to any coffee drink that has been spiked with coffee.
Many people have claimed that they were the ones who originally came up with the Irish coffee recipe. Joe Sheridan from Castlederg, County Tyrone was head chef on a Pan Am flight in the 1940s put whiskey in the passengers’ coffee to warm them up. When asked what it was he apparently stated simply that it was an “Irish Coffee”. Then Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer from America tried it in an airport in Ireland and brought it over to America in 1952, it was then served and perfected in a San Francisco bar where it became hugely popular.
We think an Irish Coffee is a perfect dessert drink, serve it as an end to a meal with friends and it will surely be very popular and satisfying. This is the recipe to follow:
- Freshy brewed hot coffee (black)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 45 ml Irish Whiskey
- Thick heavy cream
- Pour the steaming hot coffee into a warmed glass until ¾ full.
- Stir in the brown sugar until dissolved.
- Stir in the Irish whiskey.
- Pour the heavy cream over the back of a spoon held just above the glass – it should di as a separate layer on top of the drink.
- 1 warmed glass