In a recent blog post from the coffee van franchise in honour of today (St Patrick’s Day), Cafe2U detailed the fascinating history of the drink and shared a delicious recipe.
In the words of the coffee van franchise full to the brim with caffeine expertise, “Known across the world as Saint Patrick's Day, March 17th is the day on which Irish culture and heritage are celebrated in all their glory in commemoration of Saint Patrick, Ireland's foremost patron saint. [...] Today, despite only being officially recognised as a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated all over the world. In fact, it's celebrated in more countries than any other national festival, with revellers typically enjoying public parades, traditional Irish music sessions, the wearing of green clothing and, of course, a glass or two of Irish beer, cider or whiskey.”
But what of the history of Irish coffee? “According to legend, the first Irish coffee was created in the winter of 1943 by Joe Sheridan, a chef at Foynes Port near Limerick. [...] One evening, Chef Joe decided to make a warming drink with a kick for a group of weary passengers whose plane had been forced to return to Foynes midway through a journey. Not only did his combination of coffee, cream and Irish whisky go down a storm with the travellers, it went on to become one of the most popular alcoholic drinks of all time.” Especially on March 17th. The perfect at-home Irish coffee recipe, according to Cafe2U, includes:
- Two tablespoons of double cream
- 150ml of freshly brewed black coffee
- 50ml of Irish whiskey
- One teaspoon of brown sugar
- A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- Mint syrup (optional)
The recipe was then as follows: “Start by lightly whipping the cream until it starts to thicken, then set aside. Next, pour the hot coffee into a mug then add the whiskey and sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then float the cream on top by pouring it carefully over the back of a spoon held just above the surface of the liquid. Gradually raise the spoon as you pour until the entire layer is floated. Finally, sprinkle with the nutmeg and serve hot. Add a dash of mint syrup for a green finish!” Find out more about a potential franchise investment with this network of coffee aficionados via Cafe2U’s profile page, which you’ll discover linked above.
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