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Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee

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Ingredients

1 cup Strong coffee
1 measure Irish whiskey
2 teaspoons Dark brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons Whipping cream Or double cream if you can get it

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Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee

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    Irish coffee was invented in 1943 by Joe Sheridan, the chef at the old flying-boat base at Foynes, County Clare, near the present site of Shannon Airport. Sheridan invented this drink as something warming and welcoming to give the tired passengers when they got off the warm plane into what was very likely to be cold, wet and windy weather.

    Nowadays, Shannon Airport often tries to take the credit for the invention of the drink…but as they say in Ireland, “even the dogs in the street” know better. The only recognition Joe Sheridan seems to have received is in the naming after him of the Irish coffee liqueur, Sheridan’s, and the fact that the 24-hour airside bar at Shannon (across from the famous Shannon Duty-Free, first duty-free shop in the world) has also been named “Sheridan’s”.

    Many variants of this drink have evolved over many years, but this is Joe’s original recipe, as reported by Irish food researcher and celebrity cook Biddy White Lennon.

     

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    Steps

    1
    Done

    Heat the glass. Add the whiskey, add the sugar and the hot coffee.

    2
    Done

    Float the cream on top of the coffee. To do this, pour into a spoon rested just on the surface of the coffee: let the cream flow into the bowl of the spoon and overflow onto the coffee. Lift the spoon as the cream builds up, so that a layer of cream builds up on top of the coffee.

    Do NOT try this in coffee without sugar in it: it's the presence of the sugar that allows the cream to float successfully.

    3
    Done

    Serve. The coffee is supposed to be drunk through the cool cream, not stirred in.

    Enjoy!

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