I’ve always loved all things Irish from their poetry to Celtic sweaters to Irish food and drink. Even more so when I discovered part of our paternal family roots trace back to the McCormick clan from County Cork.
One of my Irish favorites is Irish Coffee. Irish Coffee, also, brings back a flood of fond memories of my BFF/mother-in-law and I taking weekly treks into Philadelphia. Some trips were for a day of shopping at the Reading Terminal Market, Chestnut Street mall or the Italian Market. Other trips were spent attending some wonderful exhibition showing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or attending annual events like The Philadelphia Flower Show or the Rittenhouse Square outdoor art show.
Every once in a while, serendipity would step in and a trip would be spent on a special once-in-a-lifetime activity like being awed by a wonderful falsetto-voiced tenor who could seemingly float his voice on top of the air wherever he pointed at one of the late, great Luciano Pavarotti’s up-and-coming opera student talent trials competition held at the always visually stunning Academy of Music;
But back to one day, in particular, on our then very limited budgets, we decided to treat ourselves to Irish Coffees (instead of our usual edible lunch) at Downey’s Irish Pub, of the “Downey’s Irish Cake” fame. Sipping their delicious version of Irish coffee in their bygone era Irish pub atmosphere was well worth skipping a lunch. And keeping with that theme, here is the history, as well as this link to the original online recipe of Irish coffee:
“Irish coffee was invented by Limerick chef Joseph Sheridan in 1942 to welcome Americans visiting Ireland. The travelers arrived in the west of Ireland on a cold winter night, so Sheridan added whiskey to their coffee to warm them up, telling the Americans they were being served Irish coffee.
A San Francisco Chronicle travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, brought the recipe back to the U.S. after drinking Irish coffee at Shannon Airport. It was first served at the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco on November 10, 1952.”