If the winter blues have got you down-in-the-dumps, how does a warm and tasty beverage sound right about now? If you're in the mood to tickle your taste buds, go grab your mug. Jan. 25 is National Irish Coffee Day and Americans are ready to celebrate! This annual holiday celebrates Irish Coffee, a popular cocktail typically made with black coffee, sugar, whipped cream and Irish whiskey.
Folks have been enjoying Irish Coffee for decades. Legend has it that restaurant owner/bartender Joe Sheridan invented the concoction in Ireland back in 1942 for a group of cold and weary travelers. He described his drink as "cream as rich as an Irish brogue, coffee as strong as a friendly hand, sugar sweet as the tongue of a rouge and whiskey smooth as the wit of the land" and the rest, as they say, is history.
Irish Coffee Day Recipes
- Original Irish Coffee - This recipe, from The Food Network, calls for freshly brewed hot coffee, brown sugar, Irish whiskey and heavy cream.
- Irish Coffee with Homemade Irish Cream - This decadent recipe, from Foodista, calls for Irish whiskey, Irish Cream liqueur, hot coffee, milk, instant coffee, chocolate syrup, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate shavings and almond and vanilla extracts.
- Irish Coffee Martini - You'll need Irish whiskey, sugar, espresso, heavy cream and green whipped cream for this delish drink.
- Coffee Cream Martinis - This recipe calls for sugar, chocolate syrup, vodka, Bailey's Irish Cream and Kahlua.
- Irish Coffee Cupcakes - Irish Coffee in a sweet treat? Now we're talking!
Jan. 25 is also National Opposite Day – Or is it?