Tullamore D.E.W. Ambassador on Irish Coffee, Cocktails and More
**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my review, but not to worry, all opinions are 100% mine.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Donna Stewart the Tullamore D.E.W. West Coast Ambassador at Waxy O’Connor’s , an authentic Irish Pub on the River Walk, to get some inside information from an expert on Irish Coffee & cocktails in preparation for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Donna is not only the West Coast Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W., the 2nd largest selling brand of Irish whisky in the world, she was also raised in Ireland. And I have to admit, as she talked, I found I was getting lost in her beautiful Irish brogue.
With a chill in the San Antonio weather, she ordered us an Irish Coffee to sip as we started the conversation. And what better way to start the conversation than with a brief history of how Irish Coffee came about.
A short version of the story goes that in the winter of 1943 there was a chef by the name of Joe Sheridan at Foynes Port, an airbase near Limerick. This base was used as a stopover for transatlantic flights carrying mostly political and Hollywood figures. Many times these flights would be grounded overnight due to inclement weather. A new restaurant was created there to cater to these dignitaries and Mr. Sheridan felt the need to create something to warm up these cold and weary passengers. It was a Gaelic Coffee which soon became the airport’s specialty. In 1952, after the war, this “Irish” coffee was introduced to the United States by travel writer, Stanton Delaplane, who then introduced it to Jack Koeppler, a bartender at the Buena Vista Hotel in San Francisco. The Irish Coffee put the Buena Vista on the map and is still made there today using this same recipe. And the official whiskey for this drink is Tullamore D.E.W. produced by William Grant & Sons. (See original recipe below.)
Irish Coffee Recipe
2 parts Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey
4 parts strong rich hot coffee
2 Demerara Sugar Cubes
Top with lightly whipped heavy cream
In the mid 1800’s Irish Whiskey was the most popular whiskey in the world. However, because of a number of factors (patenting of the Coffey still, introduction of blended whiskey, the Irish War of Independence, prohibition in the United States) by the 1900’s Irish whiskey would enter a century of decline. Thankfully, since the late 1980’s there has been a long and slow resurgence in the Irish whiskey industry which as been especially beneficial to Tullamore D.E.W. brand of Irish whiskey.
How did THIS Irish whiskey become the second top selling Irish whiskey in the world?
Tullamore D.E.W. believes and lives by the power of three. It’s the world’s only triple distilled, triple blended, triple matured whiskey. Because of this Tullamore D.E.W. yields an award-winning flavor profile of true Irish character.
It’s Triple distilled giving the whiskey its excellent smoothness.
It’s Triple blended in; 1. Grain giving it its sweetness, 2. Malt giving it its fruitiness and 3. Pot still giving it its spiciness. Combining all three gives the whiskey greater depth and true Irish character.
It’s Triple matured in three different barrels; ex-Irish whiskey barrels from Irish whiskey, ex-bourbon barrels from Kentucky bourbon and ex-sherry barrels from Spanish sherry. And because 70% of the whiskey’s flavor comes from the barrels it rests in, Tullamore D.E.W. has an unparalleled complexity and flavor.
Since Tullamore D.E.W. is the world’s only triple distilled, triple blended, triple matured whiskey not only is it delicious taken neat, it is a great whiskey for a variety of cocktails. It is equally enjoyed at home, at a cocktail bar or in a pub.
I tried some famous or classic Irish Whiskey cocktail with Donna and yes, Tullamore D.E.W. makes every cocktail a celebration.
Here are the recipes in case you want to try them for yourself:
Hot Toddy – Good for making at home.
2 parts Tullamore D.E.W.
A spoonful of honey
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
4 parts of hot water
Lemon & cloves
I loved this cocktail the most with it warm honey and lemon goodness. It was a classic drink used as a winter warmer before going to bed many years ago but has stayed at the top of the cocktail list even today.
The Tipperary – Good for a cocktail bar.
1 1/2 parts Tullamore D.E.W.
1 part Sweet Vermouth
1/2 part Green Chartreuse
Rumor has it that a bartender gave it the name when a patron started humming the tune “It’s a long way to Tipperary” as he whipped up the drink for Saint Patrick’s Day.
Irish Mule – Also good to a cocktail bar.
This one is a twist on the Russian Classic.
2 parts Tullamore D.E.W.
4 parts spicy ginger beer
fresh lime juice
D.E.W. & Brew a.k.a. The Boilermaker – This one’s for the pub.
This combination of whiskey and beer, the boilermaker, was a popular drink of the newly arrived Irish to American.
Create your own boilermaker by combining Tullamore D.E.W. with your favorite beer. The choices and flavor are endless.
The “O’Everyone” Campaign
Because the folks at Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey believe everyone can be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, including you, they have introduced “O’Everyone” t-shirts. St. Patrick’s Day goes beyond the millions of Americans that claim Irish heritage; this is a day for everyone. In that spirit, everyone can be “Irish for the day” by ordering their very own customized O’Everyone t-shirt (O’insert-your-last-name or nickname). T-shirts are available at www.OEveryone.com, ensuring that truly everyone can become a part of the celebration, in uniform, on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. So O’Johnsons, O’Rousseaus, O’Spinellis, join the O’Connors and O’Sullivans and many others across the country as we all raise a glass on this celebratory holiday. As an O’DeLaGarza, I raise my glass!