The story behind this immensely popular beverage is that Irish bartender Joe Sheridan created the rejuvenating brew during World War II to help weary Yankee travelers arriving by seaplane in the early hours of the morning. Interestingly, the Irish drank whiskey in tea, but the bartender apparently knew the American palate and had the intestinal fortitude to substitute coffee.
The best Irish coffee should be treated no differently than the naked brew. Use high-quality, freshly ground and brewed beans, and always whip your heavy cream without sugar right before serving. This warm drink works wonders on a cold night like tonight. Be forewarned though, they are addictive, so make sure you have a designated driver.