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!
Read the rest of the Irish Coffee story here or try one (or all) of these Irish Coffee recipes.
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an Ocean City NJ Bed and Breakfast