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Irish Coffee Anyone?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

With St Patrick’s day just around the corner (March 17), it’s time, once again, to dust down your green clothing (socks, pants, scarves), dig out that ungainly novelty hat, and prepare your stomach for a shedload of Guinness.

Or, as is the case for many of us coffee lovers, re-learn how to make the perfect Irish Coffee.

But just what is this popular night-time tipple? Where does it come from? And how can you make the perfect cuppa?

Well, luckily, Cafe2U is on hand to answer your questions…



The Irish Coffee, unlike many world-famous cocktails, has an undisputed origin and originator.

It came into being during a particular bitter winter Limerick 1943 when an Irish chef by the name of Joe Sheridan created the brew for tired passengers from a transatlantic flying boat who were being forced to return to Ireland because of inclement weather.

The drink subsequently became a speciality of the airport in Limerick, and, after the Second World War, it was taken back to the USA by a journalist from the San Francisco Chronicle.

This man persuaded his local bar to recreate it for him and today that same bar, the Buena Vista Café, reportedly serves up to 2,000 Irish coffees on a busy day!

Tips for the perfect Irish Coffee

When it comes to making this particular coffee, we recommended a regular filter coffee when going Irish.

In our experience, the espresso or Americano type coffee overpowers the smoothness and mellowness of the Irish coffee, impinging on the overall enjoyment of the drink.

Next, remember that sugar is essential, as without it your cream won't float properly - so whatever you do don't cut back!

The original recipe was reputed to include brown sugar and this is an approach still favoured by most recipes.

Stirring in the whisky is the easy part, but when it comes to getting the cream to float (the hardest part to perfect), ensure that the coffee is piping hot, the cream is cold, and that it isn't whipped too thickly.

Also, consider adding a little Kahlua or Baileys for an extra special Irish Coffee!

And, above all, avoid drizzling creme de menthe on your Irish Coffee as so many questionable Irish themed pubs sometimes do – you’re better than that!

Over to you

Will you be indulging in an Irish Coffee this Paddy’s Day?

Or do you think this somewhat tacky creation is best left to the dingy confines of an Irish themed pub?

Get in touch with us here at Cafe2U to let us know your thoughts!

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