January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day!
Here are today’s five things to know about Irish Coffee:
Irish coffee typically consists of black coffee, sugar, whipped cream, and Irish whiskey.
Some say it was invented in Ireland and was intended to help travelers keep warm while traveling the Atlantic Ocean.
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.
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.
A similar hot Irish drink is called the Hot Irish Monk – cocoa, Frangelica (available kosher in select places) and whiskey.
Today’s Food History
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