Irish Coffee

irish coffee

Irish Coffee has always been a great drink for many nocturnal adventures. The caffiene keeps you up and the whiskey keeps you loose. It’s wonderful for a good time at the casino when you just want to have fun … all night long. Obviously alcohol and better judgement rarely go hand in hand so use the extra hours of stimulant-induced joy sanely.

There’s plenty of legend surrounding this drink, but it apparently goes back to the 1940’s and an Irish airport.

The Basics:

  • 2 parts Irish whiskey
  • 4 parts fresh hot coffee
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • fresh whipped cream

There is a special glass for Irish Coffe, but you don’t really need it. I start by dropping the sugar into the cup, then the coffee, stir in the whiskey and quickly top with the cream. Canned cream is perfect for rolling out a bunch of these at a party. The most important ingredients to get right are the coffee and the whiskey.

For Saint Patrick’s Day 2007 I brought in a bottle of Jameson to the office for a round of Coffees. We had a short assembly line going using 2 packets of “Sugar in the Raw”, 4 ounces of Starbuck’s House, 2 ounces of Jameson and topping with canned Whipped cream. We knocked down that bottle to 2 fingers in one pot of coffee.

There are a lot of variations on this drink. I’ve heard of replacing the whipped cream with Irish Cream which I will have to try soon. Most often varied is the whiskey of choice. Spider Robinson lists Stonebender’s Irish coffee as “God’s Blessing” and is based on Bushmills Black Bush which I have tried and enjoyed. The Buena Vista in San Francisco uses sugar cubes and Tullamore Dew.

I spent more than a couple hours playing Blackjack and drinking Irish coffee in Reno a few years ago. If you get a good one, you’ll know it.

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