Legend has it that Irish Coffee first appeared at Foynes Airport in Ireland in the 1940s. This airport, near the town of Limerick (Li-mu-rik), was one of the busiest airports in Europe at that time, and was even a stopping point for many political and famous figures.

One day, one of the planes had to land immediately after taking off due to bad weather conditions, and the passengers went to a restaurant in Foynes to pass the time, and ordered coffee because they were too cold and sleepless. I think the chef of the restaurant, Joe Sheridan, takes pity on the distraught passengers and makes them a torpedo coffee. He adds a little sugar, a little whiskey, a little cream and serves it like that.

Joe Sheridan serving Irish Coffee to Marilyn Monroe.

One of the American passengers loves coffee, asks what is it, Brazilian coffee, and Joe Sheridan says "this is Irish Coffee" and creates a cocktail that will become a classic.


  • 4cl Irish whiskey
  • Filter Coffee or Espresso (Amount may vary depending on your glass preference)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1-2 Finger Cream


  1. Put the coffee in an amount that will leave 1-2 fingers in your glass, add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar to it and mix until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add 4 cl of Irish whiskey and mix again.
  3. Using the back of a spoon, slowly pour the cream into the glass. Cream is the most important part of this cocktail in terms of both appearance and taste.
  4. Finally, garnish your glass with vanilla, cinnamon and grated nutmeg.

A powerful cocktail that will warm you up and wake you up. Enjoy your meal.

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