Coffee enthusiasts and whiskey connoisseurs alike have reason to celebrate today – it's National Irish Coffee Day! This delightful blend of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream has become a beloved beverage around the world. Let's dive into the history, interesting facts, and some mouthwatering recipes to make your National Irish Coffee Day truly special.

The Origins of Irish Coffee

The story of Irish coffee dates back to the 1940s when it was first introduced at Foynes Airbase in Ireland. The weather in Ireland is often chilly and damp, making the perfect setting for a warm and spirited drink. Legend has it that a chef named Joe Sheridan created the concoction to warm up a group of American passengers who had just arrived on a cold winter evening.

Interesting Facts About Irish Coffee

Foynes to Shannon Airport: The popularity of Irish coffee soared after it was served at Foynes, but it truly took off when it was introduced at the Shannon Airport, which became a key hub for transatlantic flights.

Official Irish Coffee Day: January 25th was officially designated as National Irish Coffee Day in honor of the drink's rich history and cultural significance.

Perfect Pour: The ideal Irish coffee is made with freshly brewed hot coffee, Irish whiskey (preferably Jameson), brown sugar, and a layer of lightly whipped cream on top.

Celebrate with These Irish Coffee Recipes:

Classic Irish Coffee:

*1 cup hot brewed coffee

*1 ½ oz Irish whiskey

*1 tablespoon brown sugar

*Whipped cream

Instructions:

*Pour hot coffee into a warmed mug.

*Add the Irish whiskey and brown sugar, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.

*Top with a dollop of whipped cream, and enjoy!

 Irish Coffee Cocktail:

*1 oz Irish whiskey

*1 oz Irish cream liqueur

*1 oz hot brewed coffee

*Whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish

Instructions:

*In a glass, combine Irish whiskey, Irish cream liqueur, and hot coffee.

*Stir well and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Fun Facts to Impress Your Friends:

World Record: The largest Irish coffee ever made was a whopping 2,010 gallons, created in 2010 in San Francisco.

Coffee Belt Connection: Both Ireland and the coffee belt share similar latitudes, contributing to the perfect harmony of coffee and Irish spirits.

Beyond Hot Drinks: Irish coffee flavors have expanded into desserts, with Irish coffee-flavored ice creams, cakes, and even truffles.

What better way to enjoy Irish coffees than sharing with friends? Use your Bevee carrier and hold up to 6 and 12 drinks at the same time! Sharing is caring, and that what Bevee is all about!  Whether you're a seasoned Irish coffee enthusiast or a newcomer to this delightful beverage, National Irish Coffee Day is the perfect excuse to savor the warmth and richness of this classic drink. Share these facts and recipes with friends and family, and raise a glass to the joyous celebration of all things Irish coffee! Sláinte! 

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January 30, 2024 — Iris Cule