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A little History of the famous "Irish Coffee".
The Buena Vista, San Francisco, California USA
"Irish Coffee was concieved by bartender Joe Sheridan at Shannon Airport, Ireland. Patrons would approach the small bar shivering and ask for a heart warmer. The blend of Irish Whiskey, piping hot coffee topped with cool cream was just the trick. In 1952 Stanton Delaplane, an international travel writer, discovered this treat and brought it home to bartender Jack Koeppler at the Buena Vista. Here they attempted to recreate the magnificent drink without success. The cool cream float kept sinking. Koeppler visited the Shannon Airport to learn from the drink's creator, and the rest is history".
For an alcohol-free version, try it without the Irish Whiskey, and add a little Vanilla Extract and a sprinkle of Cinnamon!
1 Jigger Irish Whiskey
For Alcohol-Free Irish Coffee:
Omit the Irish Whiskey
Add 1/8 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon over the cream
Cinnamon stick to garnish (optional)
Fill glass with hot water to pre-heat it empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add 1 tablespoon brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish Whiskey. Top with a collar of slightly whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over a spoon. Enjoy while piping hot.
Makes 1 serving.
Source: The Buena Vista, San Francisco
Date: March 9, 2002