"Buena Vista" Irish Coffee Glass (Set of 4)


In 1952, on one of his frequent trips abroad, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Stanton Delaplane sampled Irish Coffee at Shannon Airport west of Dublin, first served to passengers stranded in a winter storm who needed both a quick pick-me-up and a stiff belt. On his return to San Francisco, he spent an evening with Jack Koeppler, then owner of the Buena Vista Cafe, concocting the proper proportions of Irish whiskey, strong, hot coffee, the lightest touch of sugar and cream -- thick and cool enough to stand aloof. No stirring. No nonsense.

They found a glass with a pedestal foot and curved flare design thatís shaped to show off a snowcap of whipped cream. The tulip shape prevents an over-sized pour of coffee and keeps the balance of ingredients intact. By the early 1960s most neighborhood taverns and every North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf restaurant stocked the totemic glass to serve San Francisco's own Irish coffee.

Irish Coffee became synonymous with a visit to San Francisco, and now a set of the elegant, 6-ounce, uniquely heat-retaining glasses makes it possible to serve authentic Irish Coffee at home. Always pre-heat your glass by filling it with hot water and letting it sit until warm. This keeps the coveted cocktail steaming hot from the get-go. Take care to sip the spiked coffee through the cream, savoring the communion of cold and warmth, stimulation and intoxication, Ireland and America.

The gift-boxed Set of 4 Irish Coffee Glasses includes the original recipe from the Buena Vista Cafe.

"Buena Vista" Irish Coffee Glass (Set of 4)
Item #OBVIC221

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