Irish Coffee or Caife Gaelach (Irish), was invented in the 1930’s by chef Joseph Sheridan at Foynes’ Port, County Limerick. Foynes’ Port was where planes on route from Europe to America would stop to refuel before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Sheridan was seeking a way to keep passengers warm as their planes were being refueled. Sheridan added whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. The passengers enjoying the taste of the coffee, asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan told them it was Irish coffee. The Irish coffee was born and the famous Irish coffee recipe is now enjoyed at all corners of the Globe… Including The Foodies’ Kitchen! The brown sugar gives it a different kind of sweetness. Some restaurants/bars might add milk to the Irish Coffee, this is not needed because we use Whipped Cream. Enjoy it!
Recipe by Noel McMeel found at Good Food Ireland
1 oz Irish Whiskey
1 teaspoon of brown raw cane sugar
1 tablespoon of whipped pouring cream
1 hot double espresso with a small measure of hot water to fill the glass
- Use warmed coffee glasses and add the whiskey.
- Add the sugar and dissolve in the whiskey.
- Add the coffee and stir well.
- Whip the cream lightly but still able to pour.
- The lightly whipped cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little as you pour, the cream should float on top.
- Serve and enjoy this all Irish Classic.
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