Friday, March 11, 2011

In Many Ways Drinking Irish Coffee Is An Affair to Remember

Irish coffee turned fifty-eight on November 10th of last year. Did you realize it was so young? The drink literally flew into the United States when a travel writer from the San Francisco Chronicle brought the recipe with him on a return flight from Shannon Airport. The belly-warming bar favorite, made with a frothy whipping cream, loads of sugar, piping hot coffee and 2 parts Irish whiskey, is based on a rather romantic story—perfect for sharing in the month of March when it’s all about St. Pat tidings and gathering friends for a little Guineas, some darts, and perhaps, in coming weeks the savory foods and desserts I’m bringing to the table in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Between this and the Nana blog, you’ll dig into Irish delights like seafood stew, Irish soda bread for dipping and a fun and easy Crème de menthe cheesecake recipe that’s color celebrates the approaching spring.

In the Meantime, Cuddle Up With a Good Cup of Joe, or Should I Say Cup o’ St. Patty?
The necessity of Irish coffee’s fortifying ingredients were clear on a frigid winter night in Ireland in the 1940s, when a group of weary American passengers disembarked from their flying boat Pan AM flight (these were the precurosor days to the Shannon airport) and asked the guy in charge on the dock, Joseph Sheridan chef of County Limerick, if he had anything to remedy dampened spirits. The answer turned out to be a history-in-the-making yes when he concocted Irish coffee for them; about a decade after that, it was all the rage in the Emerald Isle’s Shannon Airport, where the American journalist with the very fitting name of Stanton Delaplane fell in love with the drink and popularized it at California’s world famous Buena Vista café in the fall of 1952.

Let Your Inner Irishman become Lord of the (Bartender) Dance!
While the focus of this entertaining blog is on gnoshing, nibbling and all out feasting, its got its fair share of entries, devoted to beverages too—thirst quenching, party pleasing cocktails and hot drinks, like Mexican coffee. But now is the time to celebrate our inner Irish! My recipe possesses all the ease, familiarity and romance of the original served up in 1952. I recommend making The Extreme Party Planner’s Irish Coffee, on a night when you want to indulge at home with your friends, rather than go out barhopping. Whipping up a batch of Irish coffees in your own kitchen is done faster than you can say, Blarney! So get out your hot sugar cubes, best whiskey shot glasses and clear mugs that illustrate your point, which is to say, “Kiss Me! I’m Irish!”.

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