The making of a great Irish Coffee

by: Mark Bentham on

The Port of Foyne was a busy air traffic point between Europe and United States in the 1930s and 1940s, carrying a diverse range of people from refugees and Royal members. It was the winter of 1934, the flight from Foyne left to New York in extremely bad weather that eventually caused the flight to return. Chef Joe Sheridan working at the restaurant in the terminal building offered tired passengers the coffee drink mixed with a quality Irish whiskey. One American passenger asked if that's Brazilian coffee, and the chef answered, "that's Irish coffee."


In 1952 Jack Koeppler, owner of Buena Vista in San Fransisco brought the Irish Coffee recipe back to the United States and made it famous. Every year, the Foynes Flying Boat Museum holds an Irish Coffee Festival in August. The festival has the world's best Irish Coffee making competition. 


The Original Irish Coffee
Joe, Sheridan, Foynes Flying Boat Museum


Cream - Rich as an Irish Brogue 
Coffee- Strong as Friendly Hand 
Sugar - Sweet as the tongue of a Rouge
Irish Whiskey - smooth as the Wit of the Land 


In a warm stemmed whiskey goblet, pour one shot of Bushmills Irish whiskey. Add one spoon of brown sugar and infuse with two shots of Mintaka black coffee and hot water within one inch of brim. Stir to dissolve the sugar and top off with whipped cream, slightly aerated by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Do not stir after adding the cream as the true flavor is obtained by drinking the hot coffee and Irish whiskey through the cream. 



The Classic Irish Coffee

- 2 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey

- 2 teaspoons brown sugar

- 2 shots of  Kimberley Coffee Companies Mintaka espresso 



Stir thoroughly and top off with a layer of heavy whipping cream, poured gently over the back of a spoon so it slides off cleanly.

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