Irish Coffee

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First originating in the 1940s at the Port of Foynes, in the West of Ireland, by chef Joe Sheridan. Wanting to warm a some weary American passengers, Joe added some whiskey to there glass.  When they inquired what sort of coffee it was, Joe replied, “Irish Coffee”.  The drink became a staple at near by Shannon Airport, where it was discovered by San Francisco travel writer, Stanton Delaplane.  Delaplane was so taken by the cocktail, he persuaded The Buena Vista Cafe to offer it in 1952.  With help of Delaplane’s column the drink took off and stopping at the BV for an Irish Coffee became a must do for any trip to San Francisco. That is still true today, as the Buena Vista has made more than 30 Million Irish Coffees over the last 60 years. 

We recommend stopping in for a “coffee break” next time you are SF.


  • 1 oz. Irish Whiskey
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 4 oz. Coffee
  • Whipped cream (unsweetened)


Pour whiskey and sugar into a footed mug.
Fill with Coffee.
Stir well.
Top with whipped cream

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