A little bit of history:
As it happens with many other cocktails, this creation is half history and half legend, but we know it all started in the early ‘40s on a dark and stormy night in Ireland.
Joe Sheridan was, at the time, the chef of the restaurant at the Foynes Airbase just outside of Limerick. One cold winter night, a Pan Am flight headed to New York was forced to turn back in the bad weather. When it pulled into the Foynes terminal, the cold and tired passengers disembarked, and it was in that exact moment that Sheridan mixed up the first round of Irish Coffees for the stranded passengers.
At that point, one surprised American asked, "Hey Buddy, is this Brazilian coffee?" and Joe, employing that famous Irish wit, answered "No, that's Irish Coffee."
It was Sheridan who later explained how to make a true Irish Coffee: just mix together cream (rich as an Irish brogue), coffee (strong as a friendly hand), sugar (sweet as the tongue of a rogue) and whiskey (smooth as the wit of the land) and you’ve got a proper Irish Coffee.
However, the truth is different: an authentic Irish coffee is not just a simple coffee spiked with a shot of whiskey, but it’s a carefully constructed coffee drink, and it should be prepared with the same care usually reserved for a cappuccino or a pour over.