Let’s Celebrate! Irish Coffee: Created to Warm Up Cold Americans…

After a flight was forced to land due to inclement weather one cold, wet day in 1942, a few American travelers made their way from Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland to Chef Joe Sheridon at the Foynes airport terminal’s restaurant and coffee shop. To warm these weary globetrotters, Chef Sheridon used his innovative imagination to serve them hot coffee spiked with a shot of whiskey and topped with heavy whipped cream. They asked if it was Brazilian coffee, to which he responded it was “Irish Coffee”.

It was actually Stanton Deleplane though, a travel writer, that brought Irish coffee to the United States (Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco) after having it in the Shannon Airport on November 10th, 1052. After a few trials and errors (and a trip back to Ireland for a taste of the original!), he and the owners, Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg were able to replicate the delicious coffee. Although, Tom Bergin’s Tavern in Los Angeles also claims to be the originator since the early 1950s with a large hanging sign that reads, “House of Irish Coffee”. 

Today, Irish Coffee is not only enjoyed in restaurants and cafes like Buena Vista, but in the comfort of our own cozy homes since the recipe is pretty simple. It usually consists of black coffee, sugar, whipped cream and whiskey. To celebrate, we wanted to share a spin on this classic concoction! We hope you enjoy our take on the Hot Irish Monk recipe.

Cheers, y’all!


1 ounce Southern Star Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 ounce hazelnut liqueur
1/2 ounce Southern Star Double Shot Coffee Bourbon Cream Liqueur (STAY TUNED! COMING SOON!)
1 cup piping hot black coffee
1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 ounce heavy cream or whipped cream

Glass: Irish Coffee Mug

Combine the bourbon whiskey, hazelnut liqueur, bourbon cream liqueur, brown sugar and vanilla extract in an Irish coffee mug. Fill with hot coffee and stir. Pour cream over spoon so it will remain mostly on the top of the drink or top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

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