How to make the perfect Irish coffee using Joe Sheridan's original recipe

How to make the perfect Irish coffee using Joe Sheridan's original recipe

IRISH COFFEE'S origins can be traced back to 1943 when Joe Sheridan, the head chef at a restaurant and coffee shop at flying-boat base in Foynes, County Limerick, came up with the recipe.

Late one night, the County Tyrone cook got word that a flight that had previously departed Foynes for Botwood in Newfoundland was returning after several hours flying in bad weather conditions.

Knowing the flight's disgruntled passengers would be cold, tired and thoroughly fed up, Sheridan decided to serve them something that was warm, welcoming and capable of raising their spirits.

Thinking on his feet, he decided to combine Irish whiskey with coffee to create the ultimate cold weather comforter.

The ultimate Irish coffee recipe.

It proved a hit with the returning passengers too with one even approaching the chef to ask if they were being served Brazilian coffee.

Sheridan's response was simple: no,  it was Irish coffee.

Now a popular fixture among Irish folk on both sides of the Atlantic, whether in a pub, cafe or restaurant, Joe Sheridan's recipe still represents the benchmark for any good Irish coffee.

Here's how you make it...

What you'll need:

1 measure of Irish whiskey
1 measure of strong black coffee
2 teaspoons of sugar
2 teaspoons of fresh whipped cream or double cream

How to make it:

1. Heat the glass
2. Add the whiskey, sugar and hot coffee.
3. Float the cream on top of the coffee by pouring into a spoon rested just on the surface of the coffee: letting the cream flow into the bowl of the spoon and overflow onto the coffee.
4. Lift the spoon as the cream builds up, so a layer of cream builds up on top of the coffee.
5. Don't try this without adding sugar to the coffee first - this allows the cream to float.

Serve while taking care to consume the coffee through the cool cream. And don't stir.

Voilà, the perfect Irish coffee!