Irish Coffee

The story goes that Irish Coffee was created in the mid-twentieth century in the Shannon airport in Ireland, where it was a restorative drink served to weary passengers.

Recipe courtesy of Coffee: Scrumptious Drinks and Treats by Betty Rosbottom 2007 Chronicle Books; photography by Lara Hata

Irish Coffee

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    4 tablespoons good-quality Irish whiskey (Jameson's works well) 1 1/2 cups freshly brewed coffee, perferably strong French roast
    8 teaspoons sugar 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks


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      Place 1 tablespoon whiskey and 2 tablespoons sugar in each of 4 warm Irish coffee or 8-ounch heat-proof glasses. Stir with a spoon until the sugar dissolves. Pour enough hot coffee into each glass to fill it about three-quarters full.

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      Hold a tablespoon (with the back of the spoon facing you) over the coffee in one cup, and ladle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the whipped cream over the spoon so that it gently falls into the coffee. Adding the cream this way will help it float on top of the coffee instead of sinking immediately to the bottom. Repeat to make 3 more servings. Serve immediately.

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