Mix Yourself Ireland’s Most Famous Cocktail: The Classic Irish Coffee
In the 1950’s the Irish Coffee travelled the world, becoming Ireland’s most famous cocktail. Photo: valstudio/Getty Images
Oh, Irish Coffee. Delicious, comforting, but did you also know that March is officially the month of Ireland in Canada? And true to this month’s reputation, it’s going out like a lion, so why not brew up some coffee and add a little tipple to keep you warm until spring’s sunshine can make her debut?
When Joe Sheridan created the Irish Coffee, he first made it famous at the Foynes Flying Boat terminal in Co. Limerick before bringing it to the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco, where it still reigns supreme. In the ’50s the Irish Coffee travelled the world, becoming Ireland’s most famous cocktail.
- 35.5 ml of Irish whiskey
- 120 ml freshly brewed coffee
- 1 level teaspoon of demerara sugar or 15 ml demerara sugar syrup
- Lightly whipped heavy cream
- Pre-heat a 6-oz Irish Coffee glass
- Add the Irish whiskey, coffee and demerara sugar and stir well.
- Pour the lightly whipped cream over a spoon to float on top.
- Optional Garnishes: Grated nutmeg or grated dark chocolate.
Recipe courtesy of the Irish Whiskey Association and Tourism Ireland.