ALVEENA

This is a traditional coffee drink from New Orleans, where all the ingredients except the coffee are heated by being "flamed" in a heat-proof bowl at the table; the flame is extinguished by pouring the coffee into the bowl. Except for the dramatic visual effects, this recipe achieves the same flavor with less fuss.

Ingredients : Serves 4

80 ml Brandy or rum

50 ml Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur

2 tablespoons Sugar

6-8 Cloves

2 sticks Cinnamon

1 strip Lemon peel and/or 1 strip of orange peel

700 ml Strong hot coffee

Cinnamon sticks and orange rind to decorate (optional)

Method :

Gently heat the brandy or rum, Cointreau, sugar, cloves, cinnamon sticks and lemon or orange peel in a large saucepan. Stir continuously to dissolve the sugar. Pour the black coffee, brewed at about 65 g per 1 liter of water by the filter or cafetiere method, into the mixture. (A slightly darker-roast is best, as espresso would be too overwhelming.) Stir and serve, ladling the mixture into coffee cups. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange rind, if you wish.

Tips : For greater visual impact, ignite the brandy mixture just before the coffee is added. Slowly add the coffee in a continuous stream, extinguishing the brandy mixture.

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