(Photography & Written By: Jessica Bilich)
When you can’t decide between coffee or Jameson to drink, you don’t worry. You just combine them together and get an Irish coffee.
In 1942 at Shannon Airport which is located in Ireland, Chef Joe Sheridan served travelers hot coffee spiked with whiskey and topped with whip cream in his restaurant. The people were traveling on a cold and rainy day so the chef served them this hot beverage to warm them up. Chef Joe Sheridan is not only the creator of this drink, but he is also the person who had given the drink its name.
Amongst the travelers was a writer named Stanton Delaplane who brought the Irish coffee to the United States. He worked alongside Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg, Buena Vista Cafe owners, to successfully replicate the drink and the method of floating the whip cream on top of the drink.
Today, different versions of the Irish coffee is served in many bars and restaurants all over the United States including New Orleans.