Irish Coffee Day

Continuing my new theme, I highlight another special day – 25th January, Irish Coffee Day. If you wished to enjoy this warm alcoholic beverage but didn’t have an excuse to indulge (like me), now is the time. 😀

Some history behind the beverage:

The story goes that the weary and cold passengers arrived at the small airport hub in southwest Ireland where Sheridan operated a restaurant.  In his attempt to lift their spirits and warm their hearts, he served them the hot coffee beverage topped with a collar of whipped cream. When one asked ‘Is this Brazilian coffee?’ Sheridan replied, ‘No, it’s Irish Coffee’ and so the iconic warm whiskey drink, which Sheridan sometimes called a Gaelic coffee, was born. The year was 1942. (Source: Irish Coffee Day)

Go to your favourite cafe, sit down, and order one Irish coffee. Try to make it into a nice outing with friends in the afternoon and remember: drink in moderation. 😉 Those who wish to prepare it yourself, here’s the recipe:

  1. Pour boiling water into the cup to heat it, remove water
  2. Put 2 sugar cubes or 1 tsp. of brown sugar
  3. Pour 6 oz. of hot coffee and stir
  4. Add 1.5 oz. shot of whiskey
  5. Top with partially whipped heavy cream

Some recipes change the order of the steps, adding whiskey to the sugar before the coffee. All agree that the cream must not be stirred as the flavour is only right when the coffee and whiskey are drunk through the cream.




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