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January 25th - National Irish Coffee Day

Irish Coffee is a classic cocktail that drinkers have enjoyed all over the world for decades. But where did this delicious drink come from, and how did it become so popular? Let's take a dive into the history of the Irish coffee cocktail.


Irish Coffee Cocktail

The History of the Irish Coffee Cocktail

The Irish coffee cocktail is believed to have been invented in the 1940s at Foynes Airport in County Limerick, Ireland. According to legend, a group of American passengers were stranded at the airport during a storm and asked the chef, Joe Sheridan, to make them something to warm them up. Sheridan decided to mix together coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, and topped it off with a float of whipped cream. The passengers were so pleased with the drink that they asked for the recipe, and the Irish coffee was born.

In the years following its invention, the Irish Coffee became a popular drink at Foynes Airport and other Irish pubs. In 1952, the Irish Coffee made its way to the United States when the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco began serving the drink. The Irish Coffee quickly gained popularity in the U.S. and is now a popular drink at bars and restaurants all over the world.


The Recipe

Now, for a classic Irish coffee recipe that you can make at home:


  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 cup hot coffee

  • Heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks


  1. Combine the Irish whiskey and brown sugar in a heatproof glass or mug.

  2. Add the hot coffee and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

  3. Gently pour the whipped cream over the back of a spoon to create a floating layer on top of the drink.

  4. Enjoy!

Optional additions:

  • A splash of Kahlua or Bailey's Irish Cream for added flavor.

  • A pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg for added spice.


Whether you're a fan of Irish whiskey or just looking for a warm and comforting cocktail, the Irish Coffee is a classic that is sure to please. So grab a mug and give it a try - sláinte!

Don't forget to check out January's other cocktail and spirit holidays!

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