Irish Coffee Is made by combining strong coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar and topping it with cream. This is the perfect drink to keep you feeling energized on a night out or to keep you warm on a cold night. The drink was invented by Joe Sheridan, a chef at the Shannon airport in Ireland. It was brought back to America by travel writer, Stanton Delaplane who had Sheridan's version at the airport. Celebrate by making your own at home or heading to a local Irish pub where they can make it for you.