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Drink of the Week for Jan 30th, 2004: Roman Coffee

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Rain or shine, hail or snow, we faithfully deliver Drink of the Week to your bulging inbox every week. Well... maybe not with shine, we'd probably be outside or something. And sometimes when it's raining, we stay in bed. Actually, you're probably lucky that we even remember to send this darn thing out sometimes. Between that and finding our pants, the end of the week can be pretty tough.

So this week's drink is a nice, warm coffee that involves flames and burning. We heard it was sort of cold in those places that are away from the west coast. The sort of cold that extinguishes all life within ten seconds of peeking out of the bonfire that you're sheltering in. As west-coasters trying to shed the arrogant image that we are told we have about weather, we paused for a minute to try to imagine what it's like and tried to share in the hardship of such bitter cold. We were interrupted when the all-model beach volleyball team started hitting us with those giant pool noodles though, so we never really got to the empathy point that maybe we should have. We mean, c'mon... they had pool noodles! So we hope you won't hold it against us, and because we're not above bribes, here's a drink. Did we mention it involves flames?

Rating:   6.0 / 10   (30 votes)

Roman Coffee Drink Recipe

This recipe was Drink of the Week on 2004-01-30. Check out the review!
Roman Coffee drink recipe

This is a flaming drink. Please read our notes about flaming drinks and be careful.

Glass to Use

Irish Coffee MugIrish Coffee Mug

Drink Colour:



  • 1 oz. Galliano
  • Fill with Coffee
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon
  • 1 wedge Lemon
  • 1 pinch (freshly grated) Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 puff Whipped cream

Mixing Instructions

Squeeze a lemon wedge inside an Irish coffee mug, and wipe the juice all around the sides of the glass using the wedge. Empty excess juice. Next add the sugar and rotate the glass until the sugar completely covers the inside of the glass. Add the Galliano and set it alight so that it caramelizes the sugar; (keep the glass rotating to avoid it cracking from uneven heating.... done properly you can even use a thin crystal 'tulip glass' safely). Once the sugar has started to caramelize, add strong black coffee, top it up with the whipped cream, add the cinnamon and freshly ground nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Tip: Warm the Galliano first, it'll be easier to set alight.


This drink recipe was submitted by one of our damn fine readers, Rick Park (Malta)!

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