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Café Brûlot

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 10 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
Brûlot in French means "spicy" or "burned" with sugar. The recipe for this famous blend of dark roast coffee with cognac or brandy, spiced with cinnamon and orange peel, is attributed to Dominique Youx, top lieutenant to the 18th-century Louisiana pirate Jean Lafitte. Traditionally, every household in New Orleans had a brûlot bowl--a silver or copper bowl that could be heated. The coffee was then made with much fanfare. We have simplified the method for a similar result.


  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 1/4 cups Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cups hot strong brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 98
  • caloriesfromfat 1 %
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 0.2 g
  • carbohydrate 12.1 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.1 mg
  • sodium 4 mg
  • calcium 3 mg

How to Make It

  1. Carefully remove rind from orange and from lemon in a continuous strip using a vegetable peeler, making sure to avoid the white pithy part of the rind. Stud orange rind piece with 3 cloves. Stud lemon rind piece with 3 cloves.

  2. Combine Triple Sec, brandy, and cinnamon sticks in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer. Ignite Triple Sec mixture with a long match. Carefully hold orange and lemon rinds with tongs over flames, turning frequently. Let flames die down; add orange and lemon rinds to Triple Sec mixture.

  3. Pour coffee into one side of saucepan. Stir in juices. Discard rinds. Serve in demitasse cups.