I am strongly of the opinion that the entire country needs a good stiff drink. Or at least a steadying toddy.
* 1 raw sugar cube
* 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
* 4 ounces coffee
* Fresh, unsweetened whipped cream
Pour the whiskey over the sugar in a stemmed Irish coffee glass and top with coffee. Ladle one inch of cream on top. Use 1 teaspoon of raw sugar if you don’t have cubes
Back in May, I made a trip to Pittsburgh to attend a Catholic Media Conference where, among other things, I got to introduce Deacon Greg Kandra to his first Irish Coffee, which he seemed to like very well, even though it was the basest of Irish Coffees, very Americanized and too large!
A nightly Irish Coffee is how my husband and I cap off most of our nights while traveling, mostly because we never indulge in the tasty beverage at home. And it occurred to me today that the reason we don’t enjoy the coffees at home is mostly because our cupboards run more to jelly glasses and Boy Scout mugs than proper glassware.
But that’s about to change, thanks to Kim Priestap’s heads up over at her blog:
. . . thrilled to read on Libbey’s Facebook page about the role the company played in bringing back the iconic Irish coffee glass to San Franscisco:
Now a city legend has itself been resurrected; after an intervention so unexpected as to be deemed miraculous, San Francisco’s famed Irish coffee is back from the valley of the shadow of death.
Irish coffee had been all but down the drain for want of the special glass in which to make it, without which the drink becomes airport cocktail lounge swill.
More from the article:
It would be appropriate here to say a Hail Mary full of thanks for the uncommon grace and good sense of the Libbey Glass Co. of Toledo, Ohio. Libbey stopped making San Francisco Irish coffee glasses five years ago once its biggest customer, the Buena Vista, stopped reordering and took its glass business to China.
This is a story out of a Frank Capra movie. An unassuming, traditional Rust Belt manufacturing company swallows a nickel to make a special glass for a romantic city bewailing the loss of a sentimental drink.
Libbey’s reissued glass can be ordered here. I need an anniversary gift for next month, and these will meet the case, admirably. And maybe I’ll order two for hubby and me, as well!
Oh, come on…you know this is not the first time you have seen me wax enthusiastic over inexpensive glassware. Some things I can’t help myself on.
And I’m also a klutz, so, cheap is good.
Kim Priestap with a sharp take on Peggy Noonan and Obama