Irish Coffee is a coffee-based hot beverage made with coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream. It is typically served in a tumbler glass on ice.
The Irish coffee was invented by Joe Sheridan in 1943 at Foynes flying boat station at Shannon Airport. The story goes that a group of cold American airmen were complaining about how badly they needed a hot drink before flying back to New York. Sheridan’s wife, who was working as the station’s hostess, heard their complaints and asked her husband for help. He mixed some of the leftover whiskey from his bar into some black coffee and added brown sugar to sweeten it up. The men liked it so much they began asking for it every time they landed there on transatlantic flights and soon the recipe spread throughout Ireland.
Irish Coffee Recipe
Ingredients for Irish Coffee
- 2 tbsp Instant Coffee
- 60 ml Irish Whiskey
- 1 cup Thick Cream whipped
- 3 tbsp Caster Sugar
- little Nutmeg Powder
How to make Irish Coffee
- Heat 3 cups of water over medium flame.
- Bring to a boil and switch off flame.
- Add the coffee granules and mix well until fully dissolved.
- Add the whiskey and caster sugar.
- Stir well.
- Pour into individual serving mugs.
- Top up with cream and sprinkle a bit of nutmeg powder.
- Serve at once.
If you like this, try the Madras Filter Coffee – a popular coffee in South India.