TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
  • 4 orange peel strips (1 to 3 inches)
  • 3 ounces Cognac or brandy
  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • Cinnamon sticks and sweetened whipped cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 153 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a small skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the vanilla, spices and orange peel. Remove from the heat; add Cognac. Return pan to the heat and carefully ignite Cognac mixture.
  2. Slowly pour brewed coffee over flames to extinguish. Discard orange peel; stir in brown sugar until blended. Ladle into mugs. Serve immediately with cinnamon sticks and whipped cream if desired. Yield: 2 servings.
Editor's Note: Keep liquor bottles and other flammables at a safe distance when preparing this beverage. We do not recommend using a nonstick skillet.
Originally published as Burning Flame Cafe in Fresh Home Winter 2011, p98

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