New Release on Iconic New Orleans Cocktail The Café Brûlot
A Fall 2021 RELEASE The Café Brûlot
By Sue Strachan
The Café Brûlot examines the cocktail that was born of a legend and has endured through the centuries, showcasing New Orleans’s love of flavored drama. A combination of coffee, liquor, and fire, Café Brûlot also goes by the name Café Brûlot Diabolique, “devilishly incendiary coffee.” Varying somewhat depending on what restaurant makes it, the base ingredients of this unusual after-dinner drink are coffee, brandy, sugar, cinnamon, lemon, oranges, cloves, and sometimes an orange liqueur.
Although the drink may have originated in France, Café Brûlot is primarily mixed in New Orleans, making it a unique Crescent City tradition. In this entertaining little book, Sue Strachan delves into the history of the cocktail, the story of its various ingredients, and the customary implements used to serve it.
SUE STRACHAN is a veteran journalist who has written about New Orleans culture, history, and current events for the New Orleans Times-Picayune,New Orleans Advocate, and New Orleans Magazine. A graduate of Tulane University, she also served as public relations director for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
106 pages / 5 x 7 in., 10 color photos, 8 halftones
Foodways / New Orleans
“I’m a sucker for any drink with instructions suggesting it’s wise to have a fire extinguisher nearby, but the Café Brûlot is more than pyrotechnics. As Sue Strachan explains, this is a drink with a deep history, complex flavor, and well-deserved reputation of being at once diabolical and heavenly.”—Wayne Curtis, author of And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails