Made with strong coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and topped with a rich layer of cream, Irish coffee is celebrated on January 25th, but of course may be enjoyed any and every day of the year!
On a cold, wet day in 1942 weary travelers to the small Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland found their way to a restaurant and chef Joe Sheridan. To warm his guests, he served them hot coffee, spiked with whiskey and topped with whipped cream. The passengers asked if the beverage was Brazilian coffee. Sheridan responded that it was Irish coffee.
A travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, brought Irish coffee to the United States after having it at Shannon Airport.
Delaplane brought the idea to the Buena Vista Cafe on November 10, 1952. After much trial and error, sampling and a trip back to Ireland for a taste of the original, Delaplane along with Buena Vista owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg were able to replicate the delicious coffee and the method for floating the cream on top of the coffee.
Here in the Greater Green Bay Area, you can enjoy authentic Irish Coffee served by several of our Green Bay News Network Member Businesses:
Studio 1212 Café & Wine Bar – Offering an Irish Coffee Day Special: $1.00 off Irish Coffee Drinks this Friday!
The Green Bay News Network invites you to warm up with an Irish coffee, and use #NationalIrishCoffeeDay to post on social media.