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As I sit freezing and watching the snow fall in Southern Louisiana, I find myself craving an Irish Coffee. After all, St. Patrick’s Day will be upon us before you know it.

You must be careful when ordering one of these classic elixirs. There are many versions out there, and the recipes can vary greatly. I find it best to stick with the original recipe.

The original Irish Coffee recipe was created by a gentleman named Joe Sheridan, a top chef and barman, at the Flying Boat Terminal in Foynes, Ireland. In 1951, a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle enjoyed them so much, that he brought the recipe home with him to his local saloon- The Buena Vista Cafe. This is where the cocktail would become world famous, and in 1952, Joe Sheridan was convinced to leave Ireland and join the bar team at The Buena Vista where he worked for the following ten years. Today, The Buena Vista Cafe will serve an average of about 2,000 Irish Coffees per day, and their record exceeds serving over 6,000 in one day!


The Original Irish Coffee
2 Sugar Cubes
1 ½ oz. Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
4 oz. Coffee
Fill an Irish coffee glass with hot water to preheat and then empty. Pour coffee into the hot glass then add sugar cubes. Stir until dissolved and add whiskey. Float lightly, whipped cream.

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