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For this video and post, I teamed up with my friends Chris and Julia Tunstall from ABarAbove.com. If you’re into mixology, or just want to make killer cocktails at home, then I suggest you check them out. Here’s the recipe from their site.
Authentic Irish Coffee Recipe
The original Irish coffee was invented in the 1940s by a chef named Joe Sheridan in Foynes, County Limerick. The drink was conceived for a bunch of Americans who were fresh off of a flying boat (yes, that’s a thing) one brutal winter evening. They asked Sheridan for some coffee, and he pulled a thoughtful, downright altruistic move by adding whiskey. When they remarked on what kind of coffee they were drinking (mistakenly identifying it as “Brazilian”), Sheridan told them it was “Irish coffee.” Thus the cocktail was born.
The drink was then introduced to the United States by Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Since then, different variations on the concept have proliferated across the globe. Here we present the classic recipe.
What You’ll Need:
- 6 oz. San Francisco Irish Coffee Glass or Irish Coffee Mug
- 4 oz Freshly Brewed Coffee
- 2 Cubes Sugar
- 1 ½ oz Good Irish Whiskey (We recommend Teeling or Tullamore Dew)
- 2-3 Tbsp Whipped Cream
Traditional Irish Coffee Serving Glass
Nowadays, there’s actually a serving glass called an “Irish Coffee Mug,” which most bars use for the brew. For the historical experience, though, we use the 6 oz San Francisco Irish Coffee Glass, made famous by the Chronicle for its longtime use and association with the iconic Old Town area of San Fran.
1. Pre-heat the Serving Glass
Pour some hot water into the glass for 10-15 seconds to pre-heat. Once the glass has warmed up, pour it out.
2. Add Sugar Cubes and Fresh Coffee
Add two sugar cubes to the glass. For the extra mile in historical authenticity you can use brown sugar, but the cubes are easier to measure.
Next, add 4 ounces of freshly brewed coffee until the glass is about 2/3 of the way full. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
Recommendation: Use a French Press to brew your coffee; it will create a nice, full-bodied cup that can really stand up to the whiskey. We also suggest using a light to medium roast.
3. Add Irish Whiskey and Whipped Cream
Add 1 1/2 oz of your favorite Irish whiskey. Be sure to use real Irish whiskey, subject to the legal definition of the term by Irish law, and not just any old brown alcohol. Chris uses Teeling Irish Whiskey. From Dublin, it’s an authentic and exceptional whiskey, finished in rum casks, that blends beautifully with coffee.
Once the whiskey is in, top the whole thing with (preferably homemade) whipped cream. Speaking of which…
How to Make Whipped Cream at Home
To understand how to make whipped cream, the recipe is in the title- you whip cream. Buy heavy or whipping cream and, with a little elbow grease and a whisk, whip it until it incorporates enough air to become light and fluffy.
Alternately, check out this awesome whipped cream hack from Plated:
For garnish, you can sprinkle the cream with nutmeg or chocolate. The face Chris is making in this picture is optional, but encouraged.
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