This is the original Joe Sheridan Irish Coffee. Since we are getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day, it seemed appropriate to find the original, most authentic recipe and here is it.

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Irish Coffee


Apparently, an Irishman named Joe Sheridan invented Irish Coffee in 1943. It seems that he wanted to have a drink that was warm and welcoming for passengers as they debarked at what is now Shannon Airport. The assumption being that the plane was warm and the weather would not be.

Personally, I love Irish Coffee, so I think that Mr. Sheridan succeeded in finding just the right drink.

Over the years there have been a lot of variations on Sheridan’s original Irish Coffee. But if you want to create the original, here is the recipe that I found via Meal-Master. Remember, for it to be the original, you must not use whipped cream or stir!!

Irish Coffee Recipe

MMMMM —– Recipe via Meal-Master ™ v8.05

Title: Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee
Categories: Irish, Alcohol, Coffee
Yield: 1 Servings

  • 1 Measure Irish whiskey
  • 1 Measure strong black coffee
  • 2 ts Sugar
  • 2 ts Fresh whipping cream or – double cream

Heat the glass. Add the whiskey, add the sugar and the hot coffee. Float the cream on top of the coffee. (Pour into a spoon rested just on the surface of the coffee: let the cream flow into the bowl of the spoon and overflow onto the coffee. Lift the spoon as the cream builds up, so that a layer of cream builds up on top of the coffee.)

Do NOT try this in coffee without sugar in it: it is the presence of the sugar that allows the cream to float successfully.)

Serve. The coffee is supposed to be drunk through the cool cream, not stirred in.

Enjoy!

(from THE POOLBEG BOOK OF TRADITIONAL IRISH COOKING, Biddy White Lennon)