Whiskey Wednesday: The Irish Coffee

Well Pioneers, it is officially December, and with El Nino looming on the horizon, we bet you are adding a new layer to your wardrobe as each new day comes and goes (at least we are…). Therefore, we would be largely discrediting our whiskey expertise if we didn’t teach you how to make a proper Irish Coffee to warm you up this winter. In fact, the Irish Coffee was made precisely for the purpose of warming up whiskey-lovers on chilly nights.


The Irish Coffee was invented and named by an Irish lad named Joe Sheridan, the head chef at Foynes Port in Ireland. Before the Shannon International Airport, travelers would pass through Foynes Port to get to their ultimate destination. Anyways, back to the story, one night chilly winter night in the 1940s, a group of American travelers disembarked a Pan Am flying boat and visited Mr. Sheridan in the port before seeking shelter for the night. Mr. Sheridan, wise man as he was, could tell that these American travelers were not prepared for the frigid Irish winters and decided to mix a dash of whiskey into their coffees. Clearly satisfied with their drink, the American travelers asked Mr. Sheridan if it was Brazilian Coffee to which he replied “No it’s Irish Coffee”. And thus the famous Irish Coffee was born! So take a few minutes tonight to thank God you are only in California this winter (not Ireland) and treat yourself to belly warming, Irish Coffee.

1 cup freshly brewed coffee

1 tablespoon brown sugar

3 tablespoons Lost Republic Rye Whiskey

Heavy cream, slightly whipped
Pour the hot coffee into a warmed glass until it is ¾ full. Add the brown sugar until it is completely dissolved then blend in some Lost Republic Rye Whiskey. Finally, top it off with a collar of heavy whipped cream by pouring it gently over the top of a spoon. Cheers Pioneers!