Classic Irish Coffee

Nothing’s quite like a classic Irish Coffee when there’s a little chill in the air.  A signature cocktail at The Buena Vista in San Francisco, the drink came to the US by way of a challenge issued by Jack Koeppler, then the owner of the Buena Vista, to international travel writer Stanton Delaplane to help recreate the drink served at Shannon Airport in Ireland. Starting in 1952 the pair began to experiment, resulting in the popular cocktail we have today.

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Classic Irish Coffee

classic Irish coffeeIngredients
1 1/2 to 2 ounces Irish whiskey, to taste
4 ounces fresh-brewed coffee
1/2 to 1 ounce simple syrup
Heavy cream

Whip the cream until thick, but not stiff. In a pre-warmed toddy mug, Irish coffee glass or sturdy wine glass, combine the whiskey, simple syrup and coffee (for more richness of flavor without added sweetness, try making the simple syrup using brown sugar or demerara sugar). Stir to combine, and gently spoon between 1/2-inch and an inch of cream atop the coffee mixture, to taste.

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