The National Irish Coffee Day is observed on Jan. 25 every year to give the classic drink a shoutout. The boozy amalgam of coffee with Irish whiskey has charmed hearts for generations and has been regarded as a comfort drink during chilly weather.

The drink is even served topped with a dollop of cream to heighten the appeal. Irish coffee is what many coffee lovers turn to when they badly need an alcoholic beverage on a drizzly evening. This iconic cocktail is a high revenue generator for many cafes and pubs.

Tidbits about this great cocktail of all times:

The mastermind behind the combination of smooth Irish whisky with rich black coffee was chef Joe Sheridan. The introduction of the drink is traced back to 1942 when a group of fatigued travelers in Ireland entered Sheridan’s restaurant near Shannon Airport.

Sheridan felt empathy for the cold and weary travelers and to warm them up, he whipped up the special drink and the travelers loved the delectable concoction.

Irish coffee was introduced in the United States in 1952 by travel writer Stanton Delaplane, who urged Jack Koeppler, a bartender at the Buena Vista Hotel in San Francisco to recreate it. However, after having several failed attempts at trying to keep the cream floated on the top until served, Koeppler traveled to Ireland to learn the correct process of making Irish coffee from its inventor himself.

How to make the perfect Irish Coffee: (Recipe courtesy:


  • 4 ounces rich coffee
  • 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar (to taste)
  • 1 ½ ounce Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce lightly whipped heavy cream


  • Take an Irish coffee glass and warm the mug by either putting it inside the oven or dipping it in hot water.
  • Place the brown sugar and coffee in the glass and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Float the lightly whipped cream over the drink by pouring it over the back of the spoon.
  • Don’t stir, instead, drink the coffee through the cream.

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