Irish Coffee – Original 1950s Buena Vista Cafe Recipe

This cocktail became a hit in the early 1950s when Stanton Delaplane brought it from Ireland to the United States. He was working at The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco and after perfecting the recipe this quickly became their signature cocktail.

The Buena Vista Cafe is still open today and they make some of the best Irish Coffees, but be warned, this place is always super full of other people ordering them too.

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Irish coffee – Original 1950s Buena Vista Cafe Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

314

kcal
ABV

9%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the an Irish coffee.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz Irish Whiskey

  • 5 oz Hot Coffee

  • 1 oz Heavy Cream

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in warm glass except the heavy cream.
  • Add quite a bit of heavy cream to shaker and shake for around 1 minute to thicken into whipped cream.
  • Float about an ounce or 2 of cream on top.

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