The setup looks like a magic trick. Ten tulip-shaped champagne glasses side-by-side on a grated rail behind Buena Vista Cafe’s crowded saloon bar. Two cubes of C&H sugar drop into each glass. The bartender tips a pot of Peerless coffee and partly fills each glass down the line. A spoon follows, briskly pitching steam into the air. The heat is extinguished with a unbroken pour of Tullamore Dew whiskey and a white dollop of whipped cream.
The Irish Coffee: Good first thing in the morning, after a day spent outside in the cold, or even cuddled up in bed. I’ve lived in Ireland and been to countless pubs, but I can tell you that no one is more enthusiastic or well-versed in Irish Coffee than San Franciscans.