Celebrate National Irish Coffee Day at these Boston Bars!
It’s National Irish Coffee Day. And where better to celebrate than Boston bars?
No place, of course.
Here’s the thing about Irish Coffee. It does NOT get the RESPECT it deserves.
For example: Sunday brunch. Why are we wasting our time on mimosas or bellinis or bloody Marys? The first two are way too sweet and the latter’s sodium content will bow you up like a puffer fish.
Here’s the thing, too. We order coffee in ADDITION to our boozy drinks at brunch. So we are overloaded with mugs and champagne classes AND BACON and EGGS. Too much.
Left on the sidelines is a perfect combination of caffeine and liquor. And it’s warm!
WHY ARE WE ALWAYS IGNORING IT?
Maybe because it’s fairly new.
According to weaverscoffee.com, Irish Coffee was created in the winter of 1943 by Joe Sheridan, chef at Foynes Port near Limerick, Ireland.
“Foynes had become one of the biggest civilian airports in Europe during World War ll and then an airbase for transatlantic flights that often carried political or Hollywood figures.
“The airbase was usually just a stop over for longer flights to refuel and often due to weather passengers would need to stay for the night and new restaurant was created to cater to these dignified passengers.
“One evening, a flight had to turn back to Foynes Air base mid way through its journey. Chef Joe Sheridan, feeling empathy for the delayed, cold and weary passengers decided to whip up something special for them to drink. The story goes that a silence descended as everyone enjoyed this delectable concoction.
“According to legend, the name came about with the following exchange: “Hey Buddy,” said a surprised American passenger, “is this Brazilian coffee?” “No,” said Joe, “that’s Irish Coffee.”
“Irish Coffee became a huge success and an airport specialty. In 1952, after the war, Irish Coffee was introduced to the United States, by travel writer, Stanton Delaplane. He brought it to the attention of Jack Koeppler, a bartender at the Buena Vista Hotel in San Francisco and persuaded him to recreate it. The cream kept sinking when Koeppler tried to make the drink, so he traveled to the source, Chef Joe Sheridan in Limerick, Ireland to learn the correct way to make this delicious coffee.”
Well there you have it!
We asked around and found out:
Here are 9 top places to sip on an Irish Coffee in Boston: