Today is National Irish Coffee day, and if you've ever visited San Francisco, then you've probably stopped by the infamous Buena Vista - home of America's first Irish Coffee. It all started back in 1952 when then owner Jack Koeppler challenged travel writer Stanton Delaplane to help re-create the highly acclaimed coffee drink from the Shannon Airport in Ireland. After much experimentation and a short jaunt to Ireland, the pair eventually stumbled upon success and American experienced its first Irish Coffee.
So since today is National Irish Coffee Day, I'm hoping I'll be able to swing by and have one in celebration. However, I know that most of you won't be able to join me, so why not whip up an Irish Coffee at home? To view the recipe,
From The Buena Vista San Francisco
- Fill glass with very hot water to pre-heat, then empty.
- Pour hot coffee into hot glass until it is about three quarters full. Drop in two cocktail sugar cubes.
- Stir until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.
- Add full jigger of Irish Whiskey for proper taste and body.
- Top with a collar of lightly whipped cream, by pouring gently over a spoon.
- Enjoy it while piping hot.
Photos from: The Buena Vista