I love coffee and I love whiskey, and here’s the perfect recipe to combine them both in a drink with a history as rich and manly as its taste. Irish coffee as we know it was originally conceived by Joe Sheridan, the head chef at what later came to be Shannon International Airport in west Ireland. A flying-boat-full of American passengers disembarked after a particularly rough storm on a cold winter evening in the 1940’s and Sheridan spiked their coffees with whiskey and some other ingredients to warm them up as fast as possible. When the passengers noticed the difference, they asked if they were drinking Brazilian coffee but were told instead that what they were drinking was “Irish coffee.”
People nowadays tend to opt for the simple Bailey’s route, but if you’re looking to do it right, here’s your recipe thanks to Men’s Journal.