It's Got Nothing to Do with Leprechauns

Episode #43November. 21, 2015 26m 45s Download
In this episode: Joe Darnell and Eric Rauch

Eric and Joe enjoy an Irish coffee together and discuss its origins, how to perfect the recipe, find the right ingredients, use traditional Irish coffee mugs, and give some other tips for adventurous coffee enthusiasts to try at home.

Highlights and Show Notes

Eric and Joe enjoy an Irish coffee together and discuss its origins, how to perfect the recipe, find the right ingredients, use traditional Irish coffee mugs, and give some other tips for adventurous coffee enthusiasts to try at home.

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Show Notes & Links

The Talk Show by John Gruber, Episode 30: Buy High, Sell Low ~ Marco Arment and John Gruber discuss technology topics and John’s favorite cocktail, the old fashioned. This is where Joe thinks he originally discovered the beverage in 2013.

The Manhattan cocktail recipe ~ To the best of our ability with a quick Google search, this looks like a reliable source for the “perfect” Manhattan recipe, but don’t count on it! “Perfection” is subject to taste, as we always say, and this isn’t necessarily the same as the recipe Eric’s dad sticks to.

Baileys ‘The Original Irish Cream’ ~ This is what’s commonly used combined with espresso or regular coffee to make an “instant” Irish coffee. We don’t recommend you use Baileys, but if you want the simplest recipe ever, go for it. You lose control over the ingredients but you’ll have a tasty drink.

One Irish coffee recipe ~ We are of the opinion that you should take some recipe for the beverage and experiment with it—adjust it to taste. You can try different Irish whiskeys, different sweeteners, whipped cream or heavy whipping cream… But you’ve got to start with some recipe, so check this one out.

The history of the Irish Coffee ~ In the early 1940s, chef Joe Sheridan crafted this cocktail for passengers that were unable to make their flight across the Atlantic Ocean. People loved it, he added it to the menu, and not long after, Americans brought the recipe to San Francisco.

The Buena Vista ~ The origin of Irish coffee in America. “The historic venture started on the night of November the 10th in 1952. Jack Koeppler, then-owner of the Buena Vista, challenged international travel writer Stanton Delaplane to help re-create a highly touted “Irish Coffee” served at Shannon Airport in Ireland.”

Another recipe from Chowhound ~ Joe referenced this recipe in today’s episode. It calls for 6 teaspoons of sugar, et cetera.

The Irishman Founder’s Reserve ~ It is a blend of two styles, Single Malt and Single Pot Still. This results in a much more flavoursome whiskey. A Gold Medal Winner at The International Spirits Challenge in London, one of the highest rated Irish Whiskey’s in Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible with 93 points, and most recently awarded Gold at “The Whiskey Masters” as overall winner in “The Irish Whiskey Category.”

Set of 4 8 oz. Irish Coffee Mugs ~ These look essentially like Irish coffee mugs. They are made of glass, have a handle, and a pedestal base for the goblet, of sorts. All together, these glasses make a great presentation for the drink.

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