Cafe Brulot Diabolique can be made in a saucepan but it looks far more dramatic when made at the table. Use any deep, heat resistant bowl but a silver bowl is traditional. It is a favorite in New Orleans, where this flamed beverage was created.

Café Brûlot

Cafe Brulot Diabolique
Recipe type: Punch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 stick, cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • thinly pared rind of 1 orange
  • thinly pared rind of 1 lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 g) turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 pint (150 ml) brandy
  • 1 1/2 pint hot coffee
  • 5 Tablespoons (75 ml) Cointreau
  1. Put the cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, orange and lemon rind and sugar into a bowl.
  2. Pour the brandy into a warmed ladle a little at a time and heat gently. Ignite it and pour over the ingredients in the bowl. Stir gently.
  3. Slowly add the hot coffee and stir until the flames disappear.
  4. Add the Cointreau and serve in small, warmed cups.


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