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 Here are today’s five things to know about Irish Coffee:

 

Irish coffee typically consists of black coffee, sugar, whipped cream, and Irish whiskey.

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Some say it was invented in Ireland and was intended to help travelers keep warm while traveling the Atlantic Ocean.

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It is said that Stanton Delaplane brought the drink to the United States and convinced the Buena Vista bar in San Francisco to put it on their drink menu.

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Tom Bergin’s Tavern in Los Angeles, also claims to have been the originator and has had a large sign in place reading “House of Irish Coffee” since the early 1950s.

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A similar hot Irish drink is called the Hot Irish Monk – cocoa, Frangelica (available kosher in select places) and whiskey.

 

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