It’s St. Patrick’s Day and we’re all stocked with Bailey’s Irish Cream Macarons (that are decorated with adorable tiny shamrocks!). And we have to say/warn you, they have a very nice little kick to them!
While Irish Cream is a liqueur made with whiskey, cream and (often) coffee, Irish Coffee is a cup of sugary coffee with thick cream floated on top. Wikipedia has this entertaining history of Irish Coffee, that involves 'flying boats':
Although different variations of coffee cocktails pre-date the now-classic Irish coffee by at least 100 years, the original Irish coffee was invented and named by Joe Sheridan, a head chef in Foynes, County Limerick but originally from Castlederg, County Tyrone. The coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a miserable winter evening in the 1940s. Sheridan added whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. After the passengers asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan told them it was 'Irish coffee'.
And in France, just fyi, coffee with a little something added has traditionally been know as a Gloria—and was apparently a favourite of Balzac's.
Come celebrate your Irish heritage, your friend’s Irish heritage, your love of green, and/or your appreciation for small boozy desserts. And don't forget—there's only a one letter difference between Gallic and Gaelic 😀 Sláinte!