January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day.
And Neatees has the perfect shirt. We didn't set out to create a shirt for this National day. The shirt was inspired by me while working on the blog post about the story behind the "Incredible Things Happen over Coffee" tee. When my eyes saw the green version of the shirt I said to Circe, "You know, an Irish coffee shirt would be good for St. Patrick's Day." Rest is history.
But, how perfect is it that there is a National Day that celebrates Irish Coffee? Boss, we say!
Here is some background on this tasty treat consisting of irish whiskey, sugar and whipped cream from the National Day site:
On a cold, wet day in 1942 weary travelers to the small Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland found their way to a restaurant and chef Joe Sheridan. To warm his guests, he served them hot coffee, spiked with whiskey and topped with whipped cream. The passengers asked if the beverage was Brazilian coffee. Sheridan responded that it was Irish coffee.
A travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, brought Irish coffee to the United States after having it at Shannon Airport.
Delaplane brought the idea to the Buena Vista Cafe on November 10, 1952. After much trial and error, sampling and a trip back to Ireland for a taste of the original, Delaplane along with Buena Vista owners Jack Koeppler and George Freeberg were able to replicate the delicious coffee and the method for floating the cream on top of the coffee.
My version of Irish coffee is hot coffee with Bailey's Irish Creme liquor added to it. In my young wild and wooly days, I used to have this flavorful coffee, in the morning quite often!
Here is a recipe for making the real deal from the National Day site:
Starting with a warm glass, fill 2/3rds full of freshly brewed coffee. Stir in a heaping teaspoon of sugar. Add 1 ounce of Irish whiskey.
Adding the cream so it floats is the tricky part. According to the Buena Vista account, and at the suggestion of San Francisco’s mayor, a dairyman, cream that is 48 hours old, is best. However, others recommend whipping cream (not whipped cream) that has been lightly whipped or foamed.
When the coffee has stopped swirling from stirring in the sugar, pour the foamy cream over the back of a spoon.
So, there you have it. The story behind our Irish Coffee tee and insight into the yummy coffee itself. It's a little too late to order the tee for the National Day, but you sure can have it in time for St. Patrick's Day!
In any event, Neatees wishes you a very happy and delicious National Irish Coffee Day.