Yields 1 Servings
AuthorIrma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker, John Becker, Megan Scott

The iconic flaming Spanish Coffee uses rum, triple sec, Kahlúa, whipped cream, and coffee for a hot, timeless cocktail. This recipe is excerpted from the 2019 edition of Joy of Cooking (Simon and Schuster, 2019), originally written by now-iconic American home chef Irma S. Rombauer. 

Every winter we make the pilgrimage to Huber’s, the oldest restaurant in Portland, to have Spanish coffees. The bartenders make a show of lighting the booze on fire and pouring the liquors into the glass from above their heads. We could never perform these feats at home, but this formula is otherwise faithful to their time-tested recipe.

How to Make It

1

Run the lime wedge around the rim of a thick, squat wineglass with a stem. Frost the rim of the glass with sugar.

2

Add rum and triple sec to the glass.

3

Tilt the glass slightly, and light the liquor with a match (if you have trouble lighting it, use two matches at once).

4

Holding the glass by the stem, rotate it slowly so the flame caramelizes the sugar all the way around the rim. This will take a couple minutes and the glass will become very hot. To extinguish the flames, add Kahlúa and coffee.

5

Garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg. Wait a minute or so before drinking, as the rim of the glass will be very hot.

Ingredients

 1 lime wedge
 Sugar, preferably superfine
 ¾ oz overproof rum
 ½ oz triple sec
 1 ½ oz Kahlúa
 3 oz hot brewed strong coffee
 Whipped cream
 Freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

1

Run the lime wedge around the rim of a thick, squat wineglass with a stem. Frost the rim of the glass with sugar.

2

Add rum and triple sec to the glass.

3

Tilt the glass slightly, and light the liquor with a match (if you have trouble lighting it, use two matches at once).

4

Holding the glass by the stem, rotate it slowly so the flame caramelizes the sugar all the way around the rim. This will take a couple minutes and the glass will become very hot. To extinguish the flames, add Kahlúa and coffee.

5

Garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg. Wait a minute or so before drinking, as the rim of the glass will be very hot.

Joy of Cooking’s Spanish Coffee