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The Buena Vista’s Irish Coffee

Ireland’s highly touted Irish Coffee at the Shannon airport was the inspiration for The Buena Vista’s iconic version. Lore has it that in 1952, the then-owner of the famed San Francisco establishment teamed with Pulitzer Prize winning travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, to recreate the Irish sipper. Once the recipe was perfected, glass goblets were chosen as the chalice of choice. People from all over the world have visited The Buena Vista to imbibe, and the Irish Coffee is still the same today, as it was then.

Reprinted with permission by The Buena Vista, San Francisco, CA.


1 serving

Total Time

10 minutes

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Warm a 6-oz. heatproof glass with hot water; pour out.

Fill glass three-quarters full (about ⅔ cup) with coffee. Add sugar cubes; stir until they dissolve.

Stir in whiskey; top with a collar of whipped cream by gently pouring over a spoon.

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