How to try two of the most famous Irish Coffee recipes at the same time

How to try two of the most famous Irish Coffee recipes at the same time

The two bars that serve the most acclaimed Irish Coffee in the world join forces for one night to celebrate Irish Coffee Day.

The history of cocktails can often be a bit murky and contentious – which makes sense considering there’s alcohol involved – but it’s pretty widely accepted that the Irish Coffee was first created in Ireland and then popularized by two bars in the United States: the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco and The dead rabbit in New York City.

The drink first appeared in Foynes Flying Boat harbor near Limerick, Ireland in 1943 by bartender and cook Joe Sheridan, who was looking for a way to warm up some stranded flyers, said Tim Herlihy, the founder of Lost Irish Whiskey.

Foynes was later closed and replaced by Shannon Airport, which served as a hub for transatlantic flights. In 1952, travel writer Stanton Deleplane told Jack Koeppler, then owner of the Buena Vista Café, about the drink and the pair tried to recreate the drink, but couldn’t make it taste “quite right” and they had trouble getting it. cream to float to the top, according to the Buena Vista Café.

Koeppler traveled so far as to travel to Ireland to try the drink for himself, working with the mayor of San Francisco, a dairy farmer, to get the cream right, which involved aging it for 48 hours and then frothing it. The bar started serving it in a heated 6-ounce glass, and over the years what had been a niche drink that some people in Ireland had tried exploded in popularity.

Buena Vista Café, near San Francisco Bay, remains a must for lovers of Irish whiskey and the drink.

“The Buena Vista isn’t just known for its Irish Coffee, it’s also known for its bar theater and showmanship. The first time I went to the Buena Vista, Bartender Larry was making a dozen Irish Coffees at a time in quick succession. Larry was both a talented bartender as a talented magician and entertained guests with a series of magic tricks in between serving Irish Coffees, Herlihy said. “A bander of an Irish Coffee and must visit an iconic bar.”

Across the country, the Dead Rabbit, a bar that opened nearly a decade ago and has won numerous awards, began serving a version of Irish Coffee that has also become famous. Founders Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon created their version after a customer requested it, and it didn’t go well, according to Jillian Vose, who wrote:Paddy Drinks: the world of modern Irish whiskey cocktailsalong with McGarry and Muldoon.

According to a blog post of Vose, Mudloon told her, “We called ourselves an Irish bar, but we just weren’t set up to serve this simple, classic drink. It was a catastrophe. There was hot water and sugar and cream everywhere. I would make one and the next one would be terrible. It was a nightmare.”

The version they finally settled on uses a sous vide machine and a protein shaker, although they also have a recipe for a home version (see below). a full guide to the Irish Coffee available for purchase.

Featuring the one-night-only pop-up Lost Irish whiskey, an Irish whiskey with a global feel, is a combination of three whiskey styles and aged in casks from six continents. Tickets for the event, which takes place at the Dead Rabbit on January 25 from 6-9 p.m., are available through Resy. For $150, Guess gets both the Buenva Vista and The Dead Rabbit versions, along with Frozen Irish Coffee and an Irish Whiskey Espresso Martini, along with passed hors d’oeuvres.

For those who can’t make it, here’s how to make both versions:

The Irish Coffee from The Dead Rabbit

Servings: 1


6 oz Georgian coffee glass (very important)

1 oz Lost Ireland Irish Whiskey

0.625 oz (2:1) Rich Demerara Sugar Syrup

3.5 oz freshly ground and brewed Dark Roast Coffee

Thumb of prepared heavy cream

Freshly ground nutmeg, to garnish


1. Preheat a 6-ounce, heat-resistant glass by filling it with hot water. Empty the glass as soon as it is warm.

2. Add whiskey, sugar syrup and coffee to the glass and stir quickly to combine the ingredients.

3. Float a thumb layer of fresh whipped cream on top.

4. Dust with freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

Buena Vista Irish coffee

Servings: 1


6 oz Georgian coffee glass

1.75 oz Lost Irish Irish Whiskey

2 cubes of C&H Sugar

2 oz peerless organic coffee

2 oz heavy cream


1. Preheat a 6-ounce, heat-resistant glass by filling it with hot water. Empty the glass as soon as it is warm.

2. Add sugar cubes to the glass followed by the coffee.

3. Stir quickly to combine ingredients and finish with a whiskey pour.

4. Float a thumb layer of whipped cream on top.