Irish Coffee was born in Foynes, Ireland, a small village in Co. Limerick on the Shannon River.
Foynes is closely linked to the era of transatlantic aviation in the 30’s and 40’s. Early transatlantic planes did not possess the flying range to make it across the Atlantic in one shot. The base at Foynes had a small restaurant that catered to patrons of air travel. On a certain day in 1942 when the weather was exceptionally bad, a group of weary passengers, pilot and crew, were forced to return to Foynes to await better flying conditions. Chef Joseph Sheridan who was on duty that day felt sorry for these weary travelers. At the request of his boss he came up with a drink to warm up the passengers and crew.
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