Although I’m sure that many a dash of whiskey has made it into a coffee mug over the centuries, it wasn’t until the 1940s that Irish coffee was officially invented. The most interesting story of the drink’s origin claims it dates back to Ireland’s Shannon Airport in the early years of transatlantic air travel. It seems the drink was concocted by one Joe Sheridan to soothe shaken passengers who’d flown through hard storms in their “flying boats.” Sipping the smooth elixir, one passenger supposedly asked if he was drinking Brazilian coffee. To which Mr. Sheridan indignantly replied, “No, that’s Irish coffee!”
6 ounces Irish whiskey
30 ounces freshly brewed coffee
1⁄4 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
Combine 1 ounce whiskey, 5 ounces coffee, and 2 teaspoons sugar in a mug (ideally a clear glass one). In a medium bowl, whip the cream with the confectioners’ sugar until it’s slightly thickened. Using the back of a spoon, carefully slip the whipped cream into the mug, so that it rests on top of the coffee without dissolving into it.