Warm with whisky
The story goes that Irish coffee came to be by a man named Joe Sheridan who was a chef in Ireland. A group of passengers exited a floating plane on a miserable cold day and Sheridan put whisky in their coffee to keep them warm. When asked what they were drinking he replied that it was an ‘Irish’ coffee. Many variations of the drink we know as Irish coffee pre-dates Sheridan’s now well-known beverage. The Pharisäer is a popular drink in Germany consisting of similar ingredients. In Austria the Fiaker also carries a similar recipe with rum.
An Irish coffee consists of a double espresso with a shot of whisky and a teaspoon of sugar added. Then topped with whipped cream, served hot in a glass. Originally the cream used were not whipped however convenience and practice seem to have shifted the norm.