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Irish Coffee

Irish CoffeeThere are two primary origin stories surrounding Irish coffee - that delectable concoction consisting of Irish whiskey, sugar, coffee, and a sizable floater of cream. For the full story, read our article A Shot in the Dark: The Story of Irish Coffee. Before you do, put on a pot of coffee and try one of the recipes below.

From Ireland: Original Shannon Airport Recipe

  • Heat a stemmed whiskey goblet.
  • Pour in one shot of Irish whiskey.
  • Add three sugar cubes.
  • Fill with strong black coffee to within one inch of top. Stir gently.
  • Top off to the brim with heavy cream slightly aerated.

Important: Do not stir after adding cream, as the true flavor is obtained by drinking the coffee and whiskey through the cream.

From the States: Buena Vista Café Recipe

  • Fill a 6-ounce glass with very hot water to pre-heat, then empty.
  • Pour hot coffee into hot glass until about three-quarters full.
  • Drop in three sugar cubes.
  • Stir until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.
  • Add a full jigger of Irish whiskey.
  • Top with a collar of lightly whipped whipping cream; pour the cream gently over a spoon.
  • Enjoy while still piping hot.

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