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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Irish coffee

Irish coffee was invented by Joe Sheridan,  a barman in Foynes port, the precursor to Shannon International Airport, in the west of Ireland. Sheridan conceived this hot, adult beverage after a group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a miserable winter evening in the in 1942. He had many tired and exhausted customers at his bar, who after a long flight across the Atlantic needed a "pick-up." His remedy was a strong cup of coffee fortified with a dash of whiskey, and topped with whipped cream.

The travel writer Stanton Delaplane started publicizing Sheridan's Irish coffee in 1952 after he discovered it during one of his trips.

Most recipes say the Irish Coffee is made with hot, black coffee, sugar, a shot of Irish whiskey and whipped cream, but there are endless variations.

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