Among all the winter beverages we can think of, Irish Coffee holds a special place. The simple and tipsy cup of joe has its fair share of Irish whisky, coffee that just gets you going, and a nice mouthful of whipped cream -- all in balanced proportions.

While coffee culture is the normal way of life for many Americans, it's a nip of Irish Coffee that you need to heat up your winter evenings.

The origin of Irish Coffee is contested but it has been around for a good hundred years. The boozy drink was served across the cafes in Vienna in the nineteenth century and history indicates that Irish coffee was founded by Michael Nugent in a bar in Dublin and was introduced in the U.S. by travel writer Stanton Delaplaine.

National Irish Coffee Day is observed on Jan. 25 to honor the classic beverage. Four ingredients that are required to make Irish coffee are coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar and whipped cream.

To mark the occasion, below are some fun facts about Irish Coffee:

  • Irish Coffee is a versatile drink that is served both in winter and at brunch
  • It was invented in Foynes, Ireland in 1942
  • Irish coffee was introduced in the U.S. in 1951

Here are some quotes about Irish Coffee that set the tone for the cocktail hour. Courtesy: (Goodreads)

  • "Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat."- Alex Levine
  • "I never waited for my Irish Cream coffee to be the right temperature, with a storm happening outside and my fireplace crackling ... I wrote every day, at home, in the office, whether I felt like it or not, I just did it."- Stephen J. Cannell
  • "Irish coffee is a perfect breakfast because it contains all four adult food groups: fat, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol"- Anonymous
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