From 1939 to 1945 Joseph Sheridan was the head Chef of a catering company based at the Shannon airport (20 miles north of Limerick , Ireland ). Joseph Sheridan was taxed with trying to find a suitable drink for passengers who had traveled for eighteen hours by seaplane and then had to travel by boat to the terminal. Hot coffee and tea was obviously not enough to take the chill out of the passengers so Joseph began to offer an alternative. His mix of Irish whiskey and coffee became known as Irish Coffee, and Joseph had secured his place in drink history.
To this day if you travel through Shannon Airport you will find the "Sheridan Bar" in the departures lounge, and a plaque that has been placed there in honor of Joseph's great warm libation. (and yes, they do serve his original Irish Coffee recipe.)Nairobi
The original recipe as per Joseph Sheridan; "Cream as rich as an Irish brogue; coffee as strong as a friendly hand; sugar sweet as the tongue of a rogue; and whiskey smooth as the wit of the land."