Arnaud’s Café Brûlot Diabolique

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


Our simplified version of the flaming coffee cocktail served at Arnaud's in New Orleans uses strong black coffee spiced with whole cloves. This recipe first appeared in our April 2013 special feature on New Orleans.


  • 13 cup orange curaçao
  • 14 cup brandy
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 3 cups strong black coffee
  • 3-5 tbsp. sugar
  • Peel of a lemon


Step 1

Simmer orange curaçao, brandy, cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange, and lemon peel in a heatproof 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Using a match or lighter, carefully ignite and cook, swirling pan until flames die out. Stir in coffee and sugar; cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Strain coffee into brûlot or demitasse cups.

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