Tuesday, February 9

Irish Coffee...

Traditional Irish Coffee - Perfect for the coming blizzard...A common misconception is that the Irish Coffee recipe was invented in America the 1950's. In fact the original Irish coffee recipe was invented by a chef at Foynes' port, County Limerick in the 1930's. Foynes' port was where planes on route from Europe to America would stop to refuel before crossing the Atlantic Ocean it was succeded by Shannon International Airport in the west of Ireland. Joseph Sheridan, the chef in question, was seeking a way to keep passengers warm as their planes were being refueled. The Irish coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a bitterly cold winter's evening in the 1940s. 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.

Recipe by Noel McMeel- Found on the "Good Food Ireland" website: http://www.goodfoodireland.ie/index.cfm

Serves 1

Cooking time: 5 minutes


25ml/1fl oz Irish Whiskey
1 tsp brown raw cane sugar
1 heaped tbsp whipped pouring cream
1 hot double espresso with a small measure of hot water to fill the glass


1. Use warmed coffee glasses and add the whiskey.

2. Add the sugar and dissolve in the whiskey.

3. Add the coffee and stir well.

4. Whip the cream lightly but still able to pour.

5. 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.

6.Serve and enjoy

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