There aren’t many things that are better than a proper Irish Whiskey.
The story that I have heard of how Irish Whiskey got its name, is one night somewhere (I forget where, but it doesn’t matter) there were a bunch of people who were stuck at an airport after their flight was heavily delayed. A few of them went to a restaurant in the airport for some dinner and drinks, but there was a huge storm and it was freezing so everyone was ordering stews and coffee to warm up. The bartender felt bad for these poor souls who were stuck huddled in an airport, so he put some whiskey into their coffees to help warm them up a little bit more.
One of the diners tasted the coffee, and asked, “Is this Russian coffee?” The waiter smiled and said, “It’s Irish coffee!”
That’s the story I heard, and I like it so I’m keeping it.
Now. Irish Coffee was “invented” in Buena Vista bar in SanFrancisco. We have been to this bar, and it is, indeed, very good Irish Coffee.
But you can make it at home very easily! Here’s what’cha do:
- 2 sugar cubes
- fresh brewed black coffee
- heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
- A proper glass, and a spoon
1. You need the proper cup.
You’d think it was one of those mugs, but that isn’t it. You need this cup, and you can find them at BevMo, or Amazon:
2. The heavy whipping cream-
pour some into another glass and add 1 tsp of vanilla. Whip it with a whisk until it is “lightly whipped.” Not so it is too thick, but not too thin so it is still liquid.
3. Fill the cup with boiling water
This will get the glass prepped for the hot coffee.
4. Dump the water, place 2 sugar cubes into the cup
5. Pour the coffee into the glass, stir with spoon until sugar is dissolved
6. Fill the Tullamore Dew cap with whiskey and pour it into the coffee
7. Now take the spoon and hold it over the coffee…pour the lightly whipped cream onto the spoon, so it gently rests on top of the coffee drink
And you’re done!