When is National Irish Coffee Day?
January 25th is always National Irish Coffee Day.
The 4th week in January is National Irish Coffee Week.
What is this Holiday for?
To apprecipate the great taste of a world famous alcoholic coffee called An Irish Coffee. If you dont mind alcohol in your drinks and you like coffee then you will love an Irish Cream Coffee. If you've never had it before, give it a try. Let today be the day you try this ever so popular drink. Recipe is listed below.
Origin of this Holiday?
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!
What is an Irish Coffee?
Irish coffee (Irish: Caife Gaelach) is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and usually topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream. The original recipe explicitly uses cream that has not been whipped, although whipped cream is often used. Irish coffee may be considered a variation on the hot toddy.
The original Irish coffee was invented by Joseph Sheridan, a head chef at Foynes, County Limerick. Foynes' port was the precursor to Shannon International Airport in the west of Ireland; the coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked at the airport on a miserable winter evening in the 1940s. Sheridan decided to add some whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. After being asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan told the passengers that it was Irish coffee.
Stanton Delaplane, travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, claimed to have brought Irish coffee to the United States when he convinced the Buena Vista bar in San Francisco to start serving Irish coffee on November 10, 1952.
However, since around or before that date the beverage has been served at Tom Bergin's Tavern in Los Angeles, where a large sign reading "House of Irish Coffee" has been in place since the early 1950s.
Black coffee is poured into the mug;
Whiskey and at least one level teaspoon of sugar is stirred in until fully dissolved. The sugar is essential for floating liquid cream on top.
Thick cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little. The layer of cream will float on the coffee without mixing. The coffee is drunk through the layer of cream.
Whipped cream rather than thick liquid cream is sometimes used, although contrary to the original recipe; it is easier to drop a dollop of whipped cream in or even spray it from a can than to float liquid cream, and it will float even if the coffee is made without sugar. The experience of drinking the coffee through the floating cream is lost.
In Spain a "Café Irlandés" ("Irish Coffee") is sometimes served with a bottom layer of whiskey, a separate coffee layer, and a layer of cream on top. Special devices are sold for making Café Irlandés.
Variants of Irish coffee are made, all essentially the same but with different names and using a different spirit. This list will never be hard and fast, as any bar can serve such a drink and call it by any name they choose.
- Scotch or Gaelic coffee; using Scotch whisky
- Bonnie Prince Charlie coffee; using Drambuie
- Kentucky coffee with Bourbon whiskey
- French coffee; using brandy or cognac
- Calypso or Caribbean or Jamaican coffee; using dark rum or sometimes, Tia Maria
- Russian coffee; using vodka
- Mexican coffee; using Kahlua
- Hasselt coffee; using jenever
- Baileys coffee with Baileys Irish Cream
- Spanish coffee; using sherry
- Corfu Coffee; using Koum Quat liquor (Sugar is not necessary due to the extreme sweetness of the Koum Quat liquor)
- Canadian coffee; using Canadian whisky and either maple syrup or maple-flavored liqueur
The cocktail known as "Dutch coffee" is hot black coffee with sugar and advocaat stirred in.
A small cup of strong coffee is sometimes drunk with a shot of alcoholic spirits (brandy, grappa, marc) and without cream or milk, but these are quite different from Irish coffee.
Thick cream can be floated on sweetened coffee without the addition of alcohol, instead of being stirred in. In England this is also known as a Floater Coffee, and should ideally be served in an Irish coffee mug (see above).
1 shot of Irish whiskey
1-2 teaspoons of sugar
Lightly whipped cream
1. Warm whiskey and sugar in heat resistant glass and stir until sugar is dissolved
2. Add coffee
3. Carefully pour lightly whipped cream over the back of a spoon so it floats on the top
4. Garnish with cocoa if you wish
5. Sip hot coffee through the cool cream
How can I Celebrate this holiday?
- Try your very first Irish Cream Coffee today! - If you dont mind alcohol in your drinks and you like coffee then you will love an Irish Cream Coffee. If you've never had it before, give it a try.
- Blog with us about it! - We have a blog called "Everyday is a Holiday" so visit our pages and tell us about your favorite cleaning day or your favorite cleaner recipe.
- Send Free E-Greeting! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them with these fun Internet Invitations.
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