Monday, March 9, 2015
Irish Coffee Recipe!
Irish coffee (Irish: caife Gaelach) is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar (some recipes specify that brown sugar should be used, stirred, and topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream. The original recipe explicitly uses cream that has not been whipped, although drinks made with whipped cream are often sold as "Irish coffee".
Who came up with the idea of "Irish Coffee"? Well there are a few different ideas on this but the one I like is this one:
1942 - As the story goes, a flight full of American passengers was recalled to Foynes Airbase after struggling against heavy storms for several hours. The flight landed safely at the airbase, and the passengers disembarked. Though grateful to be alive, they were cold and miserable in the freezing night air.
Joseph Sheridan (1909-1962), the chef at the airbase terminal restaurant caught sight of the chilly passengers. He decided to whip up a concoction that would warm their bodies as well as their spirits. Sheridan brewed up some hot coffee and added a splash of good Irish whiskey to the mix. The passengers enjoyed the hot coffee’s unique flavor. One passenger even asked Sheridan if they were drinking Brazilian coffee. Chef Sheridan famously replied, “No, that’s Irish coffee.”
Authentic Irish Coffee Recipe - Joe Sheridan's Recipe
The next time you’ve got chilly guests, follow Joe Sheridan’s example. Warm their spirits with a spirited beverage that has been a favorite since 1942: Irish coffee.
Recipe Type: Beverage and Cocktails, Coffee
Yields: 1 serving
Prep time: 10 min
1 measure or shot (2 ounces) Irish whiskey
2 teaspoons brown sugar
5 to 6 ounces freshly-brewed strong black coffee
2 teaspoons heavy or whipping cream, lightly whipped*
* The cream should be "half whipped - not too stiff and not too liquid)
Place a teaspoon in a bowl with hot water to heat; let sit until ready to use.
Preheat a stemmed whiskey goblet (7-ounce coffee cup or goblet may be substituted) with boiling water so that it is good and hot. Pour out the hot water and discard.
Add the brown sugar in the bottom of the goblet. Fill with strong black coffee to within 1 inch of the top; stir gently until sugar is dissolved. Add the Irish Whiskey; stir again and then let sit until the mixture is still.
Using the hot teaspoon, place the spoon (back side up) in the goblet. Gently pour the prepared whipped cream over the back of the teaspoon (held just above the coffee’s surface). Gradually raise the spoon as you slowly pour in the cream. This will result in a layer of liquid cream that floats on top of the coffee. Do not stir the cream in the coffee.
Drinking the coffee through the layer of cream results in the rich, authentic flavor that the coffee’s drinkers originally enjoyed. Do not stir. Irish coffee is best enjoyed by sipping the coffee through the cream.
Makes 1 serving.