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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:)

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