Irish Coffee


During the cold winter of 1943, the Irish Coffee cocktail was created by Joe Sheridan, chef at Foynes Port near Limerick. Limerick was one of Europe’s biggest airports for transatlantic flights and passengers often had to stay at night because of the weather conditions. Sheridan’s restaurant catered to the rich & famous passengers on the flights.


One evening, a flight to New-York city had to return to the airport. Joe Sheridan was asked to prepare hot food and drinks for the passengers. He deciding to add some good Irish whisky to the coffee he was serving. And this world famous drink was born.


After the war in 1952, this cocktail was introduced to the United States by a travel journalist Stanton Delaplane and recreated by his friend Jack Koeppler, the bartender of Buena Vista Hotel in San Francisco. Today Irish Coffee is enjoyed across the world, in many versions, particularly on St. Patricks Day.

This is the recipe offered by Joe Sheridan, to make a true Irish Coffee:

Cream - Rich as an Irish Brogue 
Coffee - Strong as a Friendly Hand 
Sugar - Sweet as the tongue of a Rogue 
Whiskey - Smooth as the Wit of the Land

Source: The real recipe offered by Joe Sheridan.

Westward Whiskey Distillers:

1 1/2oz Westward Whiskey
2oz Guinness
1/4oz Coffee liqueur
1/2oz Summer chai
1/2 Cold brew

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Rolling Rivers Spirits:

Brown Bear Aquavit
Rolling River Coffee Spirit
Brown sugar simple syrup
Hot coffee
Whipped cream


Bull Run Distillery:

1 oz American Whiskey 9 year
3 oz Barrel Aged Coffee
.25oz Smoked Vanilla syrup
2 dashes coffee cacoa bitters
Splash of fresh cream



  1. Pour the sugar then coffee into a warm , mug or other heat-proof glass.

  2. Stir until dissolved.

  3. Add the whiskey and stir again.

  4. Float the cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Do not stir again. Instead, drink the coffee through the cream.


Townshend’s Distillery:

American Génépy spritzed glass
4oz cold brew coffee
1.5oz Kashmiri Amaro
Hand whipped cream
Matcha & nutmeg


Wild Roots Spirits:

Wild Roots Raspberry Vodka
Hot drip coffee
Whipped cream


Irish coffee has been warming the weary traveler for over 80 years.

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Vinn Distillery:

Vinn Whiskey
Vinn Mocha
Brown sugar
Heavy cream


Stone Barn Brandyworks:

*Nocino Shakerato*
6 parts Stumptown Cold Brew
3 parts Nocino
2 parts Bourbon
1 part maple syrup
(Optional) .5oz Whipped cream; orange bitters

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New Deal Distillery:

New Deal Distiller's Reserve Rye
New Deal Coffee Liqueur
Bitter Housewife Orange Bitters
Topped with New Deal Cascara Liqueur whipped cream