Café Brûlot is a Creole specialty coffee drink made at several noteworthy French-Quarter eateries such as Antoine’s, Galatoire’s and Arnaud’s. Each has the skill and equipment to make this drink.  The preparation is exceptional, theatrical and a bit of pyrotechnics. This isn’t an easy, safe drink to make at home. We disclose that you must be extremely careful with any ignited liquids and may set fire to your home. If you do, remember, you were warned. We disclaim any responsibility for damages incurred by negligence in making this recipe.
Café Brûlot

Cafe Brulot
Recipe type: Alcoholic Cocktails
Serves: 4
  • peel of 1 orange; in 1 by 1/8 strips
  • 1 peel of 1 lemon; in 1 by 1/8 strips
  • 3 sugar cubes
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick; (2 inches long)
  • 1 Cup Cognac or Brandy
  • 1/2 Cup Curacao or other orange liqueur
  • 2 Cups fresh strong black coffee
  1. Light the burner under a brulot bowl or chafing dish and adjust the flame to low.
  2. Drop the orange and lemon peel, sugar cubes, cloves, and cinnamon stick into the bowl or pan, pour in the cognac and Curacao, and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  3. When the mixture is warm, ignite it with a match.
  4. Stirring gently, pour the coffee into the bowl in a slow, thin stream; continue to stir until the flame dies out.
  5. Ladle into brulot cups or demitasse cups and serve at once.
This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings. Recipe by: Emeril Lagasse

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