Irish Coffee - History, Heritage and Recipes

By Julie O'Shaughnessy
on November 21, 2018

Irish Coffee - History, Heritage and Recipes

There is nothing more warming and delicious on a cold winter’s eve than Irish coffee, a deceptively simple concoction that is both an elegant cocktail as well as a coffee drink. Made from piping hot strong coffee, sweetened with sugar and fortified with quality Irish whiskey, the drink is finished off with a layer of rich, cool cream floating on top, reminiscent of the foamy head on a glass of good Irish stout.
Irish Coffee Recipe crystal mugs

While you might think the origin of Irish whiskey is lost in the mists of the Emerald Isle, this drink is actually quite a recent invention. Late one winter’s night in 1943, a commercial airline flight left Foynes airport in County Limerick, Ireland, bound for Newfoundland. After flying for several hours, the weather became uncooperative and deeming conditions unsafe, the captain made the decision to return to Foynes. The crew relayed a Morse code message back to the tower and airport staff, including the workers from the airport’s restaurant, were immediately notified to come back to work.

 

Belleek Shamrock Irish Coffee Mugs (Pair)


When the plane finally arrived, the passengers were taken to Brendan O’Regan’s airport restaurant for some warming food and drink. Luckily for them (and as it turns out, for us as well!) Chef Joe Sheridan was waiting and when he was asked to make something warm for the chilled and weary travelers, he decided to fortify their coffees with good Irish whiskey. The passengers loved it!

Irish Blessing Galway Irish coffee mugs (pair)

A few weeks later, Chef Sheridan brought his new coffee cocktail into the office of his boss, presented in a gleaming stemmed glass. The drink was an instant hit, not only at the airport but quickly spread to other restaurants.


Soon after, an American travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, was treated to an Irish Coffee at Shannon Airport. He was so enamored of the drink that he helped test the recipe back home in California in an effort to float the cream on top in exactly the way he had experienced it in Ireland. Finally, Irish Coffee was given a place on the menu at San Francisco’s Buena Vista Café, where it proved to be hugely popular, helped along by Delaplane frequently mentioning it in his travel column.

 

Galway Crystal Trinity Knot Irish Coffee Mugs (Pair)


The recipe for Irish Coffee may be simple, but an excellent taste experience demands quality ingredients: strong, hot, aromatic coffee brewed with filtered water, a good Irish Whiskey such as Jameson or Bushmills, heavy cream and Demerara sugar. Although you can serve Irish coffee in many styles of glassware, including these beautiful Irish mugs, [your link here] the traditional stemmed glass as chosen by Chef Joe Sheridan on that freezing night in 1943 makes for a beautiful presentation and honors the heritage of this classic coffee cocktail.


Before you run off to make some Irish coffee, check out this fun video of the professionals at the Buena Vista Cafe, where they pour more Irish Coffees than anywhere in the world, making an astounding 2000 coffees a day and using a whopping 100 bottles of Irish whiskey!
 

Mo Anam Cara Rings

By Julie O'Shaughnessy
on October 08, 2018

article on Mo Anam Cara Wedding rings

Men's Mo Anam Cara Ring - Sterling Silver
The Mo Anam Cara rings are probably one of our most popular Irish or Gaelic rings.  The meaning of Mo Anam Cara is “my soul mate” and these rings are a wonderful way to remind both yourself and your soulmate of your shared connection.

Each of these beautiful Irish rings is handcrafted in Dublin, Ireland.  Just before they receive their final polishing, each is submitted to the Assay Office at Dublin Castle for inspection and hallmarking.  It is the Irish hallmark that serves as your guarantee both of metal quality as well as the authenticity of origin.  Over the years, we’ve come across many knock-offs and imitations, but there is only one original series of Mo Anam Cara rings complete with an Irish hallmark.  Don’t accept inferior products for such an important jewelry item.

CelticByDesign.com offers the complete range of genuine Mo Anam Cara rings.  We have styles and metals to fit every budget, from sterling silver to 14K white, yellow, and two-tone gold.

Visit us online at www.celticbydesign.com for all of your Irish jewelry needs!  If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, just contact us and we’ll do our very best to help!

October's Birthstone - Tourmaline

By Julie O'Shaughnessy
on October 01, 2018

October's Birthstone - Tourmaline

Luckily for us, the Empress Dowager Cixi didn’t buy up the entire world’s supply of pink tourmaline, as evidenced by our beautiful sterling silver Irish Claddagh ring with a pink tourmaline stone set as the heart. This ring, paired with these dainty Claddagh earrings with simulated pink tourmaline stones set as the hearts and a matching Claddagh pendant will have your October born loved ones (or yourself!) dancing for joy.
 

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The Sapphire - September’s ‘Stone of Blue Fire’ Birthstone

By Julie O'Shaughnessy
on September 27, 2018

September's birthstone - the sapphire stone of blue fire

But you certainly don’t have to have royal blood to own or gift one of these lovely blue gemstones. This sterling silver Irish Claddagh ring with a blue sapphire stone set as the heart,, plus a set of matching Claddagh earrings with simulated blue sapphire stones set as the hearts or this beautiful Claddagh pendant with a simulated blue sapphire heart, will win the heart of any September born friend or loved one.

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The History Of The Claddagh Ring

By Julie O'Shaughnessy
on August 13, 2018

the history of the claddagh ring blog post

The origins of the Claddagh ring are blurred by history. However, the most likely account (and the one that does not involve mythology of any sort) is the story of Richard Joyce. Joyce was a native of Galway and left his home to pursue work overseas in the 17th century. While at sea, his vessel was attacked by pirates, and Joyce was taken as a slave.

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Peridot - August and the Goddess of Fire

By Julie O'Shaughnessy
on August 06, 2018

Peridot  -  August  and  the  Goddess  of  Fire

If you or a loved one has an August birthday, you are in luck! August, like the months of December and June, is one of only three months to have multiple gemstones from which to choose. Sardonyx was the original August birthstone, then later peridot was added and became the best known August birthstone. Most recently, those born in August can also choose the lovely spinel as their birthstone gem.

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The Ardagh Chalice - One of Ireland's ancient artifacts

By Julie O'Shaughnessy
on July 23, 2018

The Ardagh Chalice - One of Ireland's ancient artifacts

The Ardagh Chalice is now widely recognized as one of the best examples of eighth-century Celtic metalwork in existence.

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Connemara Marble - The Stone from the Land of Savage Beauty

By Julie O'Shaughnessy
on July 16, 2018

Connemara marble jewelry blog post

Connemara marble is truly an Irish treasure as it is one of the most authentic, iconic and beautiful Irish products. The Connemara region is located in the west of Ireland and is an area of stunning natural loveliness, with this serpentine rich stone reflecting the rugged beauty of the nearby mountains.

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The Aran Isles - Ireland’s Wild And Beautiful Three Sisters

By Julie O'Shaughnessy
on July 10, 2018

The Aran Isles - Ireland’s Wild And Beautiful Three Sisters

Off the west coast of Ireland, in the mouth of Galway Bay, lie the rugged and wild Aran Islands. These bleak, yet beautiful sisters, from west to east, go by the names of Inishmore, the largest of the three, Inishmaan, the second largest and Inisheer, the smallest of them all. Even though the Arans are only a forty-five-minute ferry ride from Galway, when you step foot off the ferry and onto the Aran’s rocky limestone shores, it seems as if you enter through
a doorway into another time.

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The Ruby - July’s ‘King of Gems’ Birthstone

By Julie O'Shaughnessy
on July 05, 2018

July Birthstone Blog post - Celtic by Design

July’s birthstone is known as the king of precious stones, the gorgeous red ruby. The ruby’s name is derived from the Latin Rubeus meaning red and these beautiful gemstones have been treasured for centuries for their fluorescent vibrant color. A ruby is really a red form of corundum, with all other colors being sapphires.

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Irish Coffee - History, Heritage and Recipes

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