Celebrating National Irish Coffee Day at Your Local Coffee Shop

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Did you know that January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day? We’re excited too! While 7Kingdoms Cafe was built on the love of a good cup of espresso, our menu features the delectable Irish cream coffee as well. Because of this combined love, your favorite local coffee shop crew (yes, that is us) wanted to celebrate the day a bit early by giving you a short history of one of the many types of coffee that we know and love. 


The Creation of Irish Coffee. 

Just like the name suggests, the first ever Irish coffee was created in Ireland. Surprising? We think not. It was during World War II, Foynes Port became one of the biggest civilian airports turned airbase for famous figures. In that same port, a man named Joe Sheridan began feeling empathetic towards the traveler. With a desire to create comfort from his little cafe, Sheridan took a leap of faith and combined ingredients that others had not yet explored.


Yes, this brilliant man crafted what would soon and forever be known as the Irish Coffee.


Welcome to America.

It didn’t take long to grow in popularity as the coffee drink earned Sheridan many eager customers. In 1952, after the war was over, Irish coffee caught the eye of one particular customer, American travel writer Stanton Delaplane. With such fondness of the creation, Delaplane brought the idea back with him to the States. 

However, once home, Delaplane discovered that many local bartenders had difficulty achieving the same frothy deliciousness experienced overseas. Determined to have his coffee, Delaplane traveled back to Ireland to the source of his craving. Once he mastered the recipe himself, learning how to keep the foam from sinking, Delaplane once again returned home.


The rest is history.


Making Authentic Irish Coffee 

Per the recipe given by Joe Sheridan, it is simple to make an authentic Irish Coffee. All that you will need is:


  • 4 ounces of rich, hot coffee,
  • 1 ½ ounce of Irish whiskey,
  • 2 teaspoons of brown suga,
  • 1 ounce of lightly whipped couple cream


1: Warm your mug with hot water.

2: Pour in your sugar and coffee into the mug.

3: Stir until everything in your cup is dissolved.

4: Add in your Irish whiskey and stir again. 

5: Once the coffee has stopped swirling, slowly pour the cream into your mug over the back of a spoon. Do not stir the coffee again. Instead, you can drink the coffee straight through the foam. 


Celebrating with 7Kingdoms Coffee Shop!

Here at 7Kingdoms Cafe, our family proudly offers a close second to Irish coffee with our Northern Flurry Latte. Made with Irish cream, this drink will satisfy your taste buds and your thirst. Be sure to stop in and visit us on January 25th to celebrate National Irish Coffee Day!


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