I love Irish coffee from time to time. You would be surprised how many places worldwide have Irish coffee on their menus. Often we can overcomplicate it and take too long to make one. So I wanted to share the method and a video of a guy who makes six Irish coffees in less than a minute! Irish coffee is by far one of my favourite Irish inventions.
The video is from the famous. Buena Vista Cafe, San Francisco. Where they have been making Irish coffees since the 1950s! I was lucky enough to visit there in 2019, and it was delicious. Although, if your wondering how much is an Irish coffee at Buena Vista, well, back then, I paid around $10. So two Irish coffees plus tip ended up costing me US$22! It is a great experience, but at the same time, I thought about the fact that a bottle of Tullamore dew(the whiskey of choice that they use) would cost me less than that for a whole bottle, haha.
Anyways it is still impressive to see this bartender making six Irish coffees in less than 1 minute. You could say he makes $60 worth of Irish coffee every minute. I’ve included the simple Irish recipe below. Personally, I prefer less sugar, but to each to their own.
Make your own Irish coffee with this recipe:
- Fill the glass with hot water to heat it up, then dump it out of the water(optional, but it will make the Irish coffee stay hotter for longer).
- Drop in two cocktail sugar cubes(or fewer if you prefer).
- Pour hot coffee over the sugar cubes to fill about 3/4s of the glass.
- Stir until the sugar is dissolved and mixed.
- Add Irish whiskey with a bit of room left in the glass.
- Spoon heavy, cold cream on top.
- Sit back and enjoy
How do you like your Irish coffee?
And here is a lovely Irish toast to have with your drink:
I drink to your health when I’m with you, my friend,
I drink to your health when I’m alone,
I drink to your health so often,
I’m starting to worry about my own!
And lastly, if you are wondering where it originated from. Irish Coffee was created in the winter of 1943 by Joe Sheridan, chef at Foynes Port near Limerick, Ireland. I will have an article on that very soon.