Irish Coffee & Real Thing

History is rich with the celebration of iconic drinks.  Shannon Airport, aka Foynes airport during the flying boat era and later Shannon airport, gave birth to two such icons.  Both ideas were created during bad weather delays.  The flying boat history is well kind of fascinating IMHO.  Pictured below is a very air-flight weary actress, about to sip on Irish Coffee.

  1. Irish Coffee
  2. “I’d Like to Teach the World”

Irish Coffee was considered the perfect pick-me-up after trans Atlantic flights.

∗See my updated recipe below.

In San Francisco the Buena Vista repots selling thousands daily.  The Buena Vista has quirky fun history including how they brought the drink here.

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During a long weather caused flight delay Bill Backer, advertising executive noticed his fellow travelers the next morning were talking and joking while drinking Cola. Backer wrote the line “I’d like to buy the world a C….” on a napkin. The ad came out in the early 1970’s.   The song became a big hit, the commercial was a big hit.  Hearing it now, even all these years later still evokes an emotion from me.  It has become a gate way to another place & time.  The TV show “Mad Men” used it in their finale season.   It is considered one of the best ads of all time.

My advice:  If your stuck in an Airport, create an Icon, or drink Irish Coffee.

Irish Coffee

  • Rich dark hot fresh coffee
  • heavy whipping cream & a pinch of sugar
  • dark coconut unrefined sugar
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey

Gently whip cream, ad a pinch of sugar if desired.  Fill glass with boiling water.  Leave 2-5 minutes.  Pour out hot water & fill 2/3 with hot coffee. Spoon in 1-2 teaspoons dark coconut unrefined sugar.  Add a shot of Irish Whiskey.  Float lightly whipped cream on top using spoon.



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