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National Irish Coffee Day

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Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and brown sugar, stirred, and topped with cream. The current version of this drink was invented in the 40s when a group of American passengers deplaned from their aircraft at Shannon airport, in Ireland, on a chilly winter evening. Whiskey was added to their coffees to add some warmth. It was first served in the US in San Francisco in 1952.

Five fun facts:

  1. Irish coffee can also be classified as hot toddy.
  2. According to Joe from the Foynes Flying Boat Museum the ingredients for Irish Coffee are as follows: Cream - Rich as an Irish Brogue, Coffee- Strong as a Friendly Hand, Sugar - Sweet as the tongue of a Rogue,  and Irish Whiskey - smooth as the Wit of the Land.
  3. Alex Levin once said: Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.
  4. A similar hot Irish drink is called the Hot Irish Monk - cocoa, Frangelica (available kosher in select places) and whiskey.
  5. Unpasteurized cream - get fresh from a local farmer - will float better in Irish coffee.

Five related recipes to try:

  1. Coffee Chococcino - just as good as getting it from your local coffee place without paying the fancy prices.
  2. Wholewheat Irish Soda Bread- Soda breads are hearty Irish staples – wholemeal flour with large flakes of bran and wheat germ, or white flour or a mixture leavened with baking soda and moistened with buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the baking soda, which is an alkali, creating bubbles of carbon dioxide which rise the bread. Soda breads have the heft of a yeast bread but are made in minutes and the dough can be shaped into scones or a round loaf, depending on the occasion. Originally it would have been baked in a bastible (pot oven) over the open fire.
  3. Irish-Inspired Beef Pot Roast and Vegetables- A delicious slow cooked meal, perfect for those busy weekdays.
  4. Irish Stew- A hearty stew, best served with a thick slice of Irish Soda Bread (use soy milk instead of buttermilk).
  5. Spicy Hot Cocoa with Kahlua -  It’s the perfect warm drink for a cold night. It’s worth adding to your bag of tricks. You get the goodness of calcium with the comfort of chocolate, plus the added zing of spices: hot, spicy, sweet and comforting — all in one sip!

*Please enjoy responsibly.

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Nutritional information for one 8 oz Irish Coffee:

Calories: 205
Fat:  10 g
Carbohydrates: 5  g
Cholesterol: 38 mg
Sodium: 15  mg
Protein:  1 g
Sugars: 4 g