Friday, March 16, 2012

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 or try one (or all) of these Irish Coffee recipes.

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


  1. Thanks for a great tips.Really appreciate your work

  2. Don't forget the Baileys, Baileys has become synonymous with Irish Coffee itself!

  3. Thanks for that addition! Baileys it is:)