Why Do Irish Eyes Smile?

Because they have Irish Coffee!

What?  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Of course, everyone knows my position of coffee (nectar of the gods–in case you’re new here!), but when you add cream and whiskey, well, kids, it just becomes magical!

There are several theories as to who created this wonderful drink.  The most accepted theory was created in 1942 by Joe Sheridan who added whiskey to the coffee for passengers stranded at Foynes airbase.  When someone asked if the coffee was Brazilian, good ol’ Joe responded with “no, it’s Irish Coffee.”  He even coined the following when asked for the recipe:

Cream – Rich as an Irish Brogue  
Coffee – Strong as a Friendly Hand
Sugar – Sweet as the tongue of a Rogue
Whiskey – Smooth as the Wit of the Land.

Just don’t tell Joe Jackson that, he claimed to have created it year before Sheridan’s famous airbase interaction.  I personally think a nod to both Joes are in order, then again, maybe that’s why we call it a cup of joe?

With St. Patrick’s day only a day away, if you have never indulged in this delectable treat now it the time.  For the rest of us, Sunday brunch is as good of time as any!

How to make it?  Well, everyone tweaks it here and there, but the base is what good ol’ Joe Sheridan described.  The National Irish Coffee Day website breaks it down for us:

and in practical terms here’s how to make one:  Pre-heat a clear stemmed glass with very hot water. Empty the water, and add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar. Now add some freshly brewed rich coffee and stir. As soon as the sugar is melted, add a generous measure of Irish whiskey (about 4 to 6 teaspoons). Stir again, and then wait for the brew to still. Now take a hot teaspoon and pour gently whipped fresh cream slowly over the back of the spoon. The cream should be not too stiff and not too liquid. A perfect Irish Coffee should look pretty much like that other famous Irish drink – Guinness! And remember never stir it because the coffee is meant to be enjoyed as you sip the warm, sweet nectar through the luxurious cream.

Speaking of National Irish Coffee Day, which is a real thing, it’s on January 25th–plenty of time to hone your Irish coffee making skills! Slainte!

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definitely a Guinness resemblance!

Top 10…ish Things To Do in Ireland

So, my grand idea of the Top 10 Things to do in Ireland is marred by the fact that everyone has a different list and each list is vastly different…so…here’s some of the most popular.

I’m quite sure NONE of you, providing you pay attention, will find #1 shocking.  But in all my research, the thing that made me smile the most was the Galway Hookers (fishing boats, people–get your minds out of the gutter!)  Of course, as a reminder since I’ve never been to Ireland all the pictures have been lovingly borrowed and if you click on them, you’ll be magically taken to the link where I got it.

Of course, this doesn’t include cities like Galway, Cork, Dublin, Limerick and, really, everywhere…no snakes, remember?  I think anywhere you go is going to be flipping fabulous.

As if you didn't know that this was going to be first on MY list!!

As if you didn’t know that this was going to be first on MY list!!

Giant's Causeway

Giant’s Causeway

Blarney House, Stone, and Castle

Blarney House, Stone, and Castle

Sligo Beach

Sligo Beach

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

The River Shannon as it winds it's way down the isle (as seen here in Limerick)

The River Shannon as it winds it’s way down the isle (as seen here in Limerick)

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Castles! Castles! and more Castles!  This one is Kilgarven, btw...

Castles! Castles! and more Castles! This one is Kilgarven, btw…

Glendalough Monastic Site

Glendalough Monastic Site

St. Patrick's in Dublin...but I feel that anywhere named after their patron saint is going to be spectacular!

St. Patrick’s.  This is in Dublin, but I feel that any church named after their patron saint is going to be spectacular!

The Burren

The Burren

Luck O’ The Irish!

I can’t fault you for thinking we might be visiting Texas this month.  However, I mentioned cliche’ last month, and I think that in terms of cliches and March–we definitely need to go to…Ireland.

That’s right, home of Guinness, Bono, Liam Neeson, Irish Coffee, Maureen O’Hara, Jameson, the Blarney Stone and, of course, Guinness (yeah, I know–I said Guinness twice.  That should tell you how much I love it!).

Even Kayak.com agrees, as the other day they sent an email featuring vacations to Ireland.  I was sooooo tempted to buy one immediately, but my bank account laughed at me and reminded me that we just started a new job so we will all have to live vicariously through the interwebs.

Ireland is definitely on my bucket list of places to go, because, well, as mentioned before: Guinness.  But of course that’s not the only reason to travel across the pond to the 20th largest island on the planet. It’s a snake-free island–thanks to St. Patrick!–so honestly, why I don’t already live there is beyond me: NO SNAKES! WHISKEY IN COFFEE!! LOTS OF GUINNESS!!! I’m already in love 😘

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Slainte!

Remember the Alamo!

Happy Texas Independence Day!

Just a quick nod to home and panic not, I have Shiner Bock on hand for celebrating today!  I mean, what kind of good little Texan would I be if I wasn’t prepared for Texas Independence Day?  And before you non-Texans roll your eyes–yes, it’s a thing and yes, we celebrate.  Why?  Because we’re proud of who we are…and we never miss an opportunity to drink beer!

Now, I could easily launch into a dissertation about Texas Independence and the battles therein, such as the one at the Alamo, which served as a battle cry for the remainder of the war.  However, if you are a Texan you’ve known this information since the time you were in the 2nd grade and you’d only be skimming through, hoping for beer at the end.  And if you’re not a Texan, you’d probably only reading in the hope that there was beer at the end.  Alas, I don’t share my Shiner now that I live in a place where it isn’t always available, so today is definitely BYOB.

Before the celebrations begin, though, I’d like to leave you with my favorite quote from Davy Crockett in his concession speech for US Congressman in 1835

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