Sunday, January 25, 2015

Indulge! It’s Irish Coffee Day!

Irish Coffee Toast
It’s been a while since we’ve celebrated Irish Coffee Day on this blog. I did a rather in depth post about Irish Coffee history back in 2008. I’ll leave that link and a few other resources below. Today I would like to share a portion of that post with you. It’s a menu from the May 1957 issue of the Epicurean Monthly as served at the Waldorf Hotel on March 18, 1957. The host, Mr. Scott-Hayward printed and circulated among the guests, notes on the menu and on the dishes served.”
Epicurean Monthly May 1957 | Waldorf Hotel Menu
Here is his note on Gaelic Coffee. 
"Sip the coffee through the cream and enjoy to the full this delectable brew. It was invented at Shannon Airport, one bitter winter night, to speed a dispirited American traveller on his journey across the Atlantic. The ingredients are:
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
He continued with…”Man alive, that stuff would make your toes open and shut.” If that quotation frightens you off, then ask for a black coffee and Irish Mist.
It seems, by 1959 the proper way to serve an Irish Coffee was documented by a number of sources. The following recipe for Irish Coffee which is accompanied by an Irish Toast was harvested from a very special Irish cookbook titled 250 Irish Recipes; Traditional & Modern published by Mount Salus Press in Dublin in 1959. I’m saving the contents of this book for St. Patrick’s Day but I just couldn’t wait to share this:
250 Irish RecipesIrish Coffee | 250 Irish Recipes 1959
Since Superbowl Sunday is right around the corner, I found this recipe for an Irish Fry to be quite intriguing:)
Irish Fry | 250 Irish Recipes 1959
Just in case you’re still not quite sure as to how to properly serve an Irish Coffee, here is another suggestion from A Taste of Ireland In Food and In Pictures by Theodora Fitzgibbon originally published in 1968. This is a 1971 edition.
A Taste of Ireland | Theodora Fitzgibbon 1968
I found a clip of information about the author at Amazon: (I’ll be sharing this book for St. Patrick’s Day also:)
Theodora FitzGibbon was born in London and educated in England and France. She was the author of more than 30 books, most of which were about food, and included her encyclopedic Food of the Western World, which took her 15 years to complete and covered some 34 countries and 32 languages. It won the Glenfiddich Special Gold Medal in 1976, and in 1987 she was awarded the Prix Choucroute First Prize for European Food Journalists at Bonn. Her best-known book is A Taste of Ireland…
Irish Coffee Recipe

For those of you who may have not "met" Marcela yet, she is a Polish student living in Cracow who blogs in both English and Polish. Amongst other things, Photography is her passion. The name of her blog is Torta Della Figlia. There you will find delicously inspiring recipes such as these Empanadas with Red Lentils. Marcela is having a Worldwide Contest for Chocolate Lovers at her blog. She is generously offering 4 prizes with a Lékué Macaron Kit going to the 1st place winner! The contest is open until February 7, 2015. So, all you chocolate lovers better get a move on! And, Good Luck!!!

Happy Australia Day to all my visitors from Australia!

‘Sláinte!’ Louise:)

1. Previous Irish Coffee Day post
2. Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee
3. The Irish Coffee Story


  1. It's cold! So that sounds like a delicious way to fight the effects of the weather. Don't they sometimes use other brands of Irish whisky, though?

    1. I'm inclined to agree Mae. We're expecting a doozie of a snow storm tonight. An Irish Coffee would sure warm things up!!! The only Irish Whiskey I can think of off hand is Jamison. I'm not even sure about that:)

  2. Not liking whiskey (my father and probably generations deep on both sides are aghast, I'm sure), I'm not a fan, despite being significantly Irish. Still, it's good to know how to make a proper Irish Coffee, just in case...

    1. I'm not much of a whiskey drinker wither, Channon. However, I do enjoy a nip every now and again and absolutely love Irish Coffee!!!

  3. Good morning Louise ,
    Wonderful post and it makes me laugh out loud . I have a few Irish friends and now I know why they stay jolly most of the time ... full of Irish coffee . Most also have a great sense of humor.
    Looking forward to the chip on the author of Amazon (interesting) . Come my friend and join me for a cup of Irish Coffee . I bet it will keep you wiggling your toes for days . Thanks for sharing ....Nee :)

    1. Hi Nee!
      I'd love to join you for a cup of Irish Coffee, Nee! First, I would love to visit and wiggle our toes together and second because I think it's a whole lot warmer down there, lol!!!

  4. Good morning Louise,
    Happy Irish Coffee Day my friend...How exciting, I love Irish coffee. You always have lots of interesting information as well as yummy foods/recipes to try. I look forward to your posts to see what is next on your mind. I think the cookbook with the 250 recipes is really cool. What a delightful book, must be filled with all kinds of goodies! My guilty pleasure is a small glass of Bailey's Irish Cream. I just love this drink. Now I am not a drinker due to my meds that I take, but every once in a while (like New Years) I crave a small glass of this delicious drink. Thank you for posting and sharing...Hope that you have a blessed Sunday and a good, safe week ahead. We are supposed to have a blizzard on Tuesday-Wednesday...Keep warm and send my regards to Marion...
    Dottie :)

  5. Irish coffee is good stuff! I often add whipped cream to the top rather than a float of cream -- although the float looks (and tastes!) so nice. Great info. Now I need to go pick up some Irish whiskey so I can celebrate the day properly. ;-)

  6. Irish coffee day? Who knew?! Gosh, Louise, I haven't had Irish coffee in ages. But you have me rethinking that. Especially since we are expecting snow here later tonight! The warming magic of Irish coffee would definitely get me through these next blustery days! Fabulous post! : )

  7. Mmm, I read this just in time to get in an Irish Coffee tonight! Thanks for the prompt Louise!

  8. I love Irish Coffee, but even more than that is Irish Iced Chocolate or Mocha! But I haven't actually ever bothered to look up and read about the drink, so thanks for teaching me a bit! :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Ohh I love irish coffee. I remember as a little girl going to the Buena Vista in San Fransisco and taking sips of my mothers. Clarice

  10. Believe it or not, I love coffee ice-cream & shakes, but I don't drink coffee! Hahaha! Nonetheless, my mom is a coffee addict & she adores Irish coffee!

  11. i don't drink a lot of booze, but an authentic irish coffee is something i'll drink and really enjoy occasionally! we keep whiskey on hand solely for that purpose. :)

  12. Hi Louise,
    Oh ! Interesting to know there's Irish Coffee Day !
    I've tried Irish coffee a couple of times but somehow I still didn't increase my fondness in sipping a glass of Iris Coffee.
    Thank you so much for the sharing ^-^!

  13. Irish coffee is the best. Thanks for the recipes for Irish Coffee. I am looking forward to your St. Patrick's Day post :). Take care.

  14. I love the colors on that Irish cookbook. And, I am most definitely going to try that Irish fry! :)

  15. Thank you for all this valuable information about Irish coffee! Although I am not much of a coffee drinker, my hubby is and all my friends of course! This is one type of coffee I need to explore more!

  16. oh ... your Irish cookbook looks amazing! I wish to have one too! I didn't know that 25 of January is Irish Coffee Day! Now, I wish to have one too... especially, that I don't get enough sleep lately.
    Thank you so much for sharing my contest! This is so nice of you! I'm extremely grateful! I'm going to mention your blog in my next post as well!

    Have a lovely Tuesday!
    Take care!

  17. I'm not a coffee drinker, never have been. Always smells divine when I make it for my family, but I dislike the taste. Very peculiar of me.
    Loving the sound of that Irish Mist Souffle though...with the sabayon. Double yum!

  18. I haven't had an Irish coffee in far too long... they are wonderful!

  19. Irish coffee is great and I've had more than one perfect one at the Buena Vista Cafe, in San Francisco, for which it's famous. That Irish Fry sounds pretty great also! You always have great fun items to read and I enjoy it all. Have a wonderful the rest of the week!

  20. My dearly beloved is the Irishman who drinks his coffee black. Me, I don't like whiskey. But I love the idea of Irish Coffee! Hope the so-called blizzard was as gentle to you as it was to us: 6" Friday/Saturday (4" predicted) and 2" Sunday through Tuesday (8" predicted). I love that kind of storm!

    See you Wednesday for Cookbook Wednesday!

  21. Can I make up for missing Irish Coffee Day by celebrating it for the rest of the week? I love the notes from the 1957 menu!

  22. How could I have missed Irish Coffee Day? I’m blaming it on my grandsons birthday party…on LI! Love this post Louise…so very interesting! The best cup of Irish Coffee I’ve ever had was at the Buena Vista in SF. I’ve been trying to duplicate it ever since! I might have missed Irish Coffee Day, but I’m on track for National Blueberry Pancake Day! Have a wonderful day, Louise! Thanks for sharing such wonderful info!

  23. Hi Louise,
    I have never had Irish coffee before! Have read and heard about it though! Would really love to try it someday! Thanks for the interesting post!
    Will hop over to Marcela's, thanks for the link! :)

  24. Dear Louise, A nice hot Irish coffee sounds pretty good for this very cold weather!! especially coming in from the shoveling of the snow!! Keep warm and safe and my love to Marion. xoxo Catherine

  25. Oh I love Irish Coffee! I love coffee so much.Ireland is very close to us and I have a few Irish friends. They really are very friendly people. I had no idea there was a day dedicated to Irish Coffee.Thank you for sharing this Louise x


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