Irish Coffee's "four essential food groups" quote (Alex Levine, 1986?)
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The Yale Book of Quotations doesn't have the famous Irish Coffee quotation.
Maybe someone can check FACTIVA and ProQuest, but Alex Levine said--by at
least 1986--that Irish Coffee contains the four essential food groups: alcohol,
caffeine, sugar, and fat.
New York City has many Irish immigrants, but San Francisco claims the
introduction of Irish coffee into America. San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe’s
website states that writer Stanton Delaplane brought Irish coffee to the Buena
Vista on November 10, 1952, and the drink has been served there ever since.
However, Irish coffee has been cited in 1948 in the New York Herald Tribune and
earlier in 1952 by the Chicago Daily Tribune (citations below).
Irish coffee contains whiskey. Joseph Sheridan, the head chef at Ireland’s
Shannon Airport, is credited with serving the drink in the early 1940s and
popularizing it to the world.
Irish actor and musician said that Irish coffee contains the four essential
food groups: “alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.”
_Wikipedia: Irish coffee_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_coffee)
A classic Irish coffee consists of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar,
with double cream whipped until it begins to stiffen, floated on top. Irish
coffee can be considered to be a variation on the hot toddy.
The original Irish coffee, or so the lore would have it, was invented at
Foynes by Mr. Joseph Sheridan, the head chef there. (Foynes was the precursor to
Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland). The coffee was conceived as a
warmer for trans-Atlantic travelers in the 1940s.
Stanton Delaplane, travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle claimed to
have brought Irish coffee to the U.S. when he convinced the Buena Vista bar
in San Francisco to start serving Irish coffee on November 10, 1952. Since
then, the Buena Vista has become famous for its Irish coffee.
_The Buena Vista (San Francisco)_
THE IRISH COFFEE STORY
The historic venture started on the night of November the 10th in 1952. Jack
Koeppler, then-owner of the Buena Vista, challenged international travel
writer Stanton Delaplane to help re-create a highly touted “Irish Coffee”
served at Shannon Airport in Ireland. Intrigued, Stan Accepted Jack’s invitation,
and the pair began to experiment immediately.
Throughout the night the two of them stirred and sipped judiciously and
eventually acknowledged two recurring problems. The taste was “not quite right,”
and the cream would not float. Stan’s hopes sank like the cream, but Jack
was undaunted. The restaurateur pursued the elusive elixir with religious
fervor, even making a pilgrimage overseas to Shannon Airport.
Upon Jack’s return, the experimentation continued. Finally, the
perfect-tasting Irish whiskey was selected. Then the problem of the bottom-bent cream was
taken to San Francisco’s mayor, a prominent dairy owner. It was discovered
that when the cream was aged for 48 hours and frothed to a precise
consistency, it would float as delicately as a swan on the surface of Jack’s and Stan’s
Success was theirs! With the recipe now mastered, a sparkling clear,
six-ounce, heat-treated goblet was chosen as a suitable chalice.
Soon the fame of the Buena Vista’s Irish Coffee spread throughout the land.
Today, it’s still the same delicious mixture, and it’s still the same
clamorous, cosmopolitan Buena Vista. Both…delightful experiences.
Renewal: The Anti-Aging Revolution
by Timothy J. Smith
Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press Inc.
Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups:
caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and fat.
--ALEX LEVINE, AS QUOTED IN THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
_3000 Drinks - Irish Coffee_
“Only Irish Coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food
groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, fat.”—Alex Levine – Irish actor and musician
14 January 1940, New York Times, pg. X3.
“‘There’s only one thing worse than Irish coffee,’ he says. ‘American tea.
(Not the whiskey kind of “Irish coffee”—ed.)
17 March 1948, New York Herald Tribune Clementine Paddleford column, pg. ?,
A recipe for Irish coffee, the traditonal Gaelic drink as served to
passengers in the lounge at Shannon Airport. A thank-you to Maureen Grogan, Pan
American Airways gound hostess, for the recipe: Place two tablespoons of Irish
whisky in a warm glass, add one teaspoon sugar, pour in the hot coffee and float
two inches of whipped cream. Sip and the whiskey laces through coffee,
20 October 1950, Austin (TX) Statesman, pg. 6, col. 6:
by Frederick C. Oteman
United Features Syndicate
EN ROUTE, Oct. 20—You ever tried Irish coffee at 4 a.m. on a cold and rainy
night in Shannon? You haven’t lived.
I’m rolling across Newfoundland at this writing on a TWA Constellation and I’
m still smacking my lips over that astonishing nectar the Irish provided at
their snug little airport a few hours and one ocean ago. The recipe is
You take a water goblet with a long stem so you’ll have something to hold on
to. Into the bottom of it you sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar. On this you pour
a jigger of Irish whiskey. You stir it. Then you fill the glass to within a
half inch of the top with strong, black coffee.
ON TO THIS MIXTURE, carefully so it won’t mix, you ladle stiff sweet cream
to the brim. That does it. Now you sip appreciatively and silently thank the
Irish for inventing such a brew to warm the inner man and quell the terrors of
8 June 1952, Chicago Daily Tribune, “Tribune Travelers’ Guide: Ireland Puts
a Lot fo Beauty in Little Space” by James Doyle, pg. F17:
The Irish also do not serve elaborate dishes garnished with cunning sauces.
But Irish food is in the top European class—succulent grills, tender steaks,
fresh-water salmon straight from the river, and Irish coffee, black, with a
jigger of Irish whiskey, sugar and thick cream on top.
2 September 1986, Chilicothe (MO) Constitution-Tribune, Celebrity Cipher,
“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food
groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.”—Alex Levine.
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From: _a... at mtxinu.UUCP_ (mailto:a... at mtxinu.UUCP) (Alan Tobey)
Date: Wed, 5-Feb-86 15:02:02 EST
Local: Wed, Feb 5 1986 4:02 pm
Subject: Re: the food groups vs. the chinese
> Here at Valid, we have what is known as the “four Engineering food
> groups”. We try to eat some of each every day:
> 1) Caffeine
> 2) Sugar
> 3) Salt
> 4) Grease
> Note that by simply eating pizza and drinking Dr. Peppper you have
> satisfied all four groups!
Here in the Bay Area, there’s a slight variant: Nature’s most nearly
perfect food is Irish Coffee, which supplies THESE four essential food groups—
alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. EVERYBODY knows
that salt is bad for you !
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