Secret Recipe: The Buena Vista Cafe’s OG Irish Coffee

As with many great classic cocktails, the debate is spirited as to how the Irish coffee came to be such a phenomenon in San Francisco—but locals serious about their history may know the gist of the tale.

Most people believe that a chef by the name of Joe Sheridan made the drink at Foynes (now called Shannon) Airport in Ireland for then-San Francisco Chronicle travel writer Stanton Delaplane. The scribe loved it so much that we went on and on about it to Jack Koeppler, then-owner of SF’s Buena Vista Cafe. R&D to recreate the drink ensued, going so

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The Perfect Irish Whiskey Coffee Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Gillian Murphy

A St. Paddy’s Day staple, Irish coffee is a cocktail made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, and topped with fluffy cream.

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The cocktail is simple enough, but if you’re looking to impress your guests or you have a little extra time on your hands on St. Patrick’s Day morning, then there are some tricks (courtesy of Gillian Murphy, bartender and Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador), to make your Irish coffee top-notch.

For starters, Murphy recommends heating up your glass before

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Irish coffee recipe perfect for St Patrick’s Day

An Irish coffee is the perfect treat to enjoy on St Patrick’s Day.

You only need four ingredients and it’s a great after dinner option for those who have a sweet tooth.

The Spruce Eats have shared a recipe created in Ireland in the early 1940s by Joe Sheridan, a chef at Foynes Port near Limerick.

Choose a good quality Irish whiskey and give this Irish favourite a try to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at home.


1 to 2 teaspoons brown sugar (to taste)

4 ounces coffee (strong, rich, hot)

1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey

1 ounce heavy cream

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The ‘Just Right’ Irish Coffee Recipe To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

What’s better than an Irish coffee on a brisk St. Patrick’s Day?

You may have a point if you say corned beef and cabbage, soda bread or a Guinness, but, if you’re in the mood, The Dead Rabbit pub in Manhattan may have the perfect Irish coffee recipe for you.

The Dead Rabbit claims to have gotten the recipe “just right” and even sells to New York area residents a mail-order Irish coffee kit with

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