Our classic Irish coffee recipe comes from Dutch Kills, an equally classic bar in Long Island City, New York. The warm, revivifying cocktail was said to be popularized in the 1940s by Joseph Sheridan, a chef in the port city of Foynes, Ireland. In 1952, Irish Coffee was introduced to San Francisco by the Buena Vista Cafe. Sheridan’s recipe was written with the effortless poetry of the Irish: “Cream—rich as an Irish brogue; coffee—strong as a friendly hand; sugar—sweet as the tongue of a rogue; Irish whiskey—smooth as the wit of the land.”
What to buy: Powers or Jameson Irish Whiskey is recommended. To change things up, consider Jamaican rum, tequila reposado, or bourbon.
This drink was featured in our St. Patrick’s Day Recipes slideshow.