Original “Irish Coffee”

Irish Coffee

It seems appropriate to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a wee bit of trivia about Irish Coffee! 

Interestingly, I learned that the American version of this drink was created by an international travel writer, Stanton Delaplane. In November 1952, he was challenged by Jack Koeppler, then-owner of The Buena Vista (restaurant in San Francisco), to help re-create a highly touted “Irish Coffee” served at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

Apparently, it was a challenge to achieve just the right taste and to get cream to float on top of the mixture.  Finally, the men achieved a successful formula for the libation and selected a six-ounce, heat-treated goblet for the cocktail presentation.

Today, The Buena Vista serves up to 2,000 Irish Coffees a day!

…and here’s a fine Irish toast – May neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you!

INNsider Tip:
Read the rest of the Irish Coffee story here

Carol & Gus, Innkeepers
Scarborough Inn
an Ocean City NJ Bed and Breakfast

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