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National Irish Coffee Day 2014

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Today, January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day.

What a winter we have had so far. From the Alberta Clippers to the Polar Vortex there has been snow on the ground for weeks, and with no end in sight we do what we must to keep our spirits high and our bodies warm.

Today is the perfect day to do both.

Irish coffee was invented in 1943 by Joe Sheridan, the chef at the old flying-boat base at Foynes, County Clare, near the present site of Shannon Airport.

Sheridan invented this cocktail as something warming and welcoming to give the travel-weary passengers when they stepped off the warm plane into what was very likely to be cold, wet and windy weather aka Irish weather.

Traditional Irish Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon Brown sugar
  • 6 oz hot Coffee
  • Heavy cream

Combine whiskey, sugar and coffee in mug and stir to dissolve. Float cold cream gently on top. Do not mix.

White Irish Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 8 oz Coffee
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Whipped cream

Begin with sugar in the empty glass. Next pour in the whiskey, followed by the coffee. Stir till sugar is dissolved, let mixture settle. Float whipped cream on top.

If you are a fan or Irish Coffee, it stands to reason that you are a fan of coffee in general, and every coffee fan should have a recipe for homemade coffee liqueur. The below recipe is easy to make, the hardest part is waiting for it to mature.

Coffee Liqueur

Ingredients:

  • 12 tablespoons instant Coffee
  • 4 tablespoons Vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 750 ml of good Vodka
  • 2 1/2 cups Water

Combine coffee, sugar and water. Simmer 1 hour and let cool. Add vanilla and vodka. Age in sealed jar 2 to 3 weeks.

Check out my National Cocktails Examiner home page for more great recipes and articles.

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