January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day.
Irish coffee is a cocktail made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and brown sugar, then topped with a layer of cream. Though the originally recipe uses cream, whipped cream is a popular alternative.
Irish coffee came about in 1943 when chef Joe Sheridan of the old flying-boat base at Foynes, County Clare, Ireland wanted a way to warm up weary, cold airplane passengers.
1-1/2 oz. Irish whiskey
1 teaspoon brown sugar
6 oz hot strong coffee
heavy cream, slightly whipped to thicken
Place sugar in a warmed coffee mug, Add coffee and whiskey and stir to dissolve sugar. Gently pour the cream over the back of a spoon and into the mug so that the cream floats on top. Do not mix.
- Scotch or Gaelic coffee: use Scotch whisky
- Bonnie Prince Charlie coffee: use Drambuie
- Kentucky coffee: use Bourbon whiskey
- French coffee: use brandy or cognac
- Calypso, Caribbean, or Jamaican coffee: use dark rum
- Russian coffee: use vodka
- Mexican coffee: use Kahlua
- Hasselt coffee: use jenever
- Baileys coffee: use Baileys Irish Cream
- Spanish coffee: use sherry
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