The Original Shannon Airport Irish Coffee

"The original recipe as per Joseph Sheridan should be: "Cream, rich as an Irish brogue; Coffee, strong as a friendly hand; Sugar, sweet as the tongue of a rogue; Whiskey, smooth as the wit of the land." An After Dinner classic and with a rich history - use good Irish Whiskey, freshly brewed coffee and pouring cream (Double cream) - NOT whipped cream for this authentic and delectable boozy coffee! History: From 1939 to 1945 Joseph Sheridan was the head Chef of a catering company based at the Shannon airport (20 miles north of Limerick , Ireland ). Joseph Sheridan was taxed with trying to find a suitable drink for passengers who had traveled for eighteen hours by seaplane and then had to travel by boat to the terminal. Hot coffee and tea was obviously not enough to take the chill out of the passengers so Joseph began to offer an alternative. His mix of Irish whiskey and coffee became known as Irish Coffee, and Joseph had secured his place in drink history To this day if you travel through Shannon Airport you will find the “Sheridan Bar” in the departures lounge, and a plaque that has been placed there in honour of Joseph’s great warm libation. (and yes, they do serve his original Irish Coffee recipe.) Sláinte!"
 
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Ready In:
5mins
Ingredients:
4
Yields:
1 Irish Coffee
Serves:
1
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ingredients

  • 1 cup strong black hot coffee
  • 1 -2 teaspoon sugar
  • 25 ml measure Irish whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons double cream
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directions

  • Take a wine glass and pour enough of the coffee to fill it just over half way.
  • Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves.
  • Add the whisky and stir.
  • Slowly pour a thick layer of double cream, over the back of a teaspoon, on to the top of the coffee so that it floats on top.
  • Do NOT stir the coffee, but drink it through the cream.

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  1. happynana
    Nice drink. Made as directed. We enjoyed this as an after dinner drink. Thanks FT. Made for Aussie Swap.
     
  2. SueVM
    Lovely Irish coffee. This was so good I had to make it twice just to be sure. :wink: The photo does not do it justice as I had a low battery and it kept blinking at me. Thanks Karen for a great treat.
     
  3. Shuzbud
    Wow, what a wonderful indulgent treat! I have always believed that Irish Coffee had to include Baileys, so it was enlightening to try this authentic version. Thanks French Tart for this super treat, and for all your work with the Everyday is a Holiday tag game.
     
  4. Caroline Cooks
    Totally delightful! Served with Easter cookies for a Holiday treat--along with the your story of its origin. Thanks for a great recipe!
     
  5. ohbother
    This is the best! A funny story -- in 1956, when I was 3 1/2, my mother, little brother, and I flew from New York to Frankfurt to meet my dad. The flight was horrible (mechanical problems, turbulence, and a hyperactive 3 year old -- me), so when the plane landed at Shannon for refueling, my mother got off to get an Irish Coffee at Sheridan's -- and missed the plane's take-off to resume the flight to Germany. We caught the next one, but my mother figured she might as well have another, so was very relaxed while waiting for the next plane! Meanwhile, we enjoyed giggling over her cream mustache, so everyone was in a pretty good mood for the last leg of the flight.
     
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