Why Using The Right Type Of Glass Is Important For Irish Coffee
According to the Irish Whiskey Museum, Foynes in Ireland’s County Limerick was a major transit hub in the 1940s, serving as the main airport for flying boats and hosting movie stars and political leaders at the restaurant led by Chef Joe Sheridan. Here is where Sheridan first began offering guests warm cups of Irish coffee. A visitor named Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer, brought the concept back to the United States. He told his friend, the owner of The Buena Vista in San Francisco, Jack Koeppler, about the drink (per The Buena Vista). The pair was unable to replicate the recipe successfully. According to the Irish Whiskey Museum, the two reached out to Sheridan with a job offer. He agreed, and The Buena Vista still serves the beverage to this day.
“We sell more Irish whiskey than anywhere else in the world,” Clark Facer, the bartender at the Buena Vista, told San Francisco Travel. Indeed, Irish Coffee has become a classic notes liquor, and the combination of Irish whiskey, brown sugar, the right type of coffee, and whipped cream can warm up chilly winter mornings and provide boozy energy throughout the night. Despite the fact that you can serve Irish Coffee in any vessel you choose, Robb Report notes that the shape of your glass matters for this beverage, and that the ideal pour occurs in a glass that not only displays the contrast between the ingredients but can also withstand higher temperatures.
Irish Coffee is intended to be served hot, as the recipe calls for pouring scalding coffee into a preheated glass. Food Network recommends filling a mug or glass with hot water, then emptying it before adding the coffee and whisky mixture. However, the beauty of Irish Coffee lies in its simplicity. According to bartender Dale DeGroff, the perfect Irish Coffee is not meant to be served in massive quantities. In fact, a six-ounce glass is the ideal size for drinks that leave guests wanting more. DeGroff added, “You also do not need a massive pour of Irish whiskey.”
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Source: Coffee Talk