10 November

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Irish Coffee Arrived in America

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Irish Coffee

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The splendidly named Stanton Delaplane, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, may have won a Pulitzer Prize for Reporting, but his legacy remains that icon of 1960s sophistication, the Irish Coffee.

On this day in 1952, Stanton sat with Jack Koeppler, then owner of San Francisco's Buena Vista cafe, trying to recreate a drink he'd discovered in Dublin airport - the Irish Coffee. It would take a while before Koeppler perfected the recipe pioneered by Ireland's Joe Sheridan, yet once he did a global phenomenon was born. Stanton himself went off the drink within five years, but the Buena Vista still churns out thousands every day.

So put aside your preconceptions, warm a glass and some cream, and enjoy this classic coffee cocktail tonight.

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