On a cold winter’s day, there’s nothing better than getting outside to enjoy the bracing weather, then coming in to a warm Irish Coffee. Years ago, I was fortunate to live in San Francisco for a couple of years, and we would visit the Buena Vista Cafe down on Fisherman’s Wharf. During tourist season, they were always packed, but in the off season, you could actually get in there and order a drink. We used to go down there occasionally, sometimes even taking the cable car to get there (it’s at one end of the cable car route). I found out that they were famous for their Irish Coffee, so gave it a try. Instant yum! Here’s the story of how they came up with their perfect Irish Coffee. And a bit more history. And here’s a recipe for the “authentic” Irish Coffee. I cheat a bit: I’ll rim the glass mug with cocktail sugar, then use the whipped cream out of the can – if you gently stir it, you can create a cream “float” to drink through (see the authentic recipe for explanation).
The Buena Vista is still going strong, so if you have a chance to go to San Francisco, it’s a great place to stop – just get there early so you can get a spot at the bar!