Irish Coffee

Passed to your plate by Kate Kreimer

What better way to commemorate the holidays than sipping an Irish Coffee.  Though more properly it should be called an ‘Irish-American Coffee’ due to its trans-Atlantic development. This drink had its beginning at the old County Limerick air-terminal (now Shannon Airport) during a fearsome winter storm sometime in the 1940’s. A travel writer discovered it there in the 1950’s.  He brought it to San Francisco and introduced it to the then owner of the Buena Vista Café.  According to legend, the two of them spent the night perfecting the recipe.  Sleep?  Who needs it? Kate, in turn, discovered it at the same Buena Vista when she was living in San Francisco in the late 60’s.

 

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Kate Kreimer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces hot (strong) coffee
  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey
  • whipped cream to taste
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces hot (strong) coffee
  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey
  • whipped cream to taste
Instructions
  1. Warm the cup with hot water.
  2. Pour coffee into glass to about ¾ full.
  3. Add sugar and stir till dissolved.
  4. Add whiskey.
  5. Top with whip cream. To properly float the cream on top of the coffee gently pour over the back of a spoon.
  6. Serve it hot and be sure to sip the coffee thru the whipped cream. The first few sips where the cold and the hot are combined but separate in your mouth are delectable!
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