Thursday, January 25, 2018

Happy Irish Coffee Day and Happy Birthday to Coffee Party USA!

Happy Irish Coffee Day!*
Made with strong coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and topped with a rich layer of cream, Irish coffee is recognized on January 25.

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.
Of course, with any alcoholic beverage, I will post an instruction video from Tipsy Bartender.

Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Parts Irish Whiskey
3 oz. (90ml) Parts Hot Coffee
1 oz. (30ml) Heavy Cream (Slightly Whipped)
1 Tsp Brown Sugar
1. Pour hot water into serving glass to heat.
2. Toss hot water, pour in coffee and stir in sugar until dissolved.
3. Add whiskey, stir to combine and float cream on top.
Enjoy responsibly!
Not only is today Irish Coffee Day, tomorrow is the eighth birthday of Coffee Party USA -- two coffee days in a row!

I begin the celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the nonprofit for which I'm a director with Broken Peach singing Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday!

I'll finish the celebration by repeating my appeal for donations in For Giving Tuesday 2017, I recommend some of my favorite nonprofits.
The first nonprofit I recommend is Coffee Party USA.  This should come as no surprise to my longtime readers, as I've blogged a lot about the Coffee Party over the years.  I'm also one of its directors and officers (I'm currently the Interim Secretary as well as Director of Partnerships).  I am also a founding member.  I believe in its mission of "Building, nurturing and connecting communities to reclaim our government for the people."  It fits with my being a Crazy Eddie in other ways.  To become a member, click here.  To donate without becoming a member, click here.  The other directors and I will thank you, even if you won't get a tax deduction (Coffee Party USA is a 501c4 organization under the tax code).
I recommend a donation of $8.00 for the movement's eighth birthday.  The other directors and I will thank you now and democracy in the U.S. will thank you later.

*I did promise a post about the Oscar nominees today.  Tomorrow.  Stay tuned.


  1. Thanks for the recipe. I have a couple of friends I get together with occasionally for Irish coffee. May have to up the sophistication of ours. We usually just do coffee and whiskey.

    1. You're welcome. Coffee and whiskey delivers the essential alcohol and caffeine, but it lacks the refinement of the full recipe.

      Also, this entry had 63 page views before its link posted at the Coffee Party Facebook page posted. Hello, fellow Coffee Party people! Remember to donate $8.00.