Today is National Irish Coffee Day, which celebrates a cocktail that doesn't actually have green booze. In 1943 Joe Sheridan created the Irish Coffee in order to warm passengers at a flying boat (seaplane) terminal in Foynes, Ireland. The drink's popularity exploded after travel writer Staton Delaplane got it on the menu at the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco (Sheridan later worked there). Purists may scoff at my take on the Irish Coffee (does that make me a Scofflaw?). I'm fine with that because my version is simple, easy to make, and most importantly, Ms. Cocktail Den loves it.
6 ounces coffee
1.5 ounces Irish whiskey (I used Jameson Caskmates)
.5 ounces super simple syrup
Pour the coffee into a glass, add the other ingredients, and stir with the tranquility of the rolling Irish countryside. Top with whipped cream.
I don't drink coffee (I know, I'm weird), so I suggest using whatever you prefer, especially if it has a robust flavor. The same goes for the Irish whiskey. While I've featured Jameson in other posts such as the Intense Irish and Sine Metu, keep in mind there are a lot of other Irish whiskies on the market.
Traditional Irish Coffee is very good (we had some in Dublin), but it's more labor intensive. Whether you prefer the traditional version, my easy version, or something else, the Irish Coffee is a great booze boost for your caffeine boost. Sláinte!