Like many of New Orleans’ culinary treasures, the Café Brûlot Diabolique from Antoine’s has some history to it. Rumor has it that the drink, literally “devilishly burned coffee,” was invented by Jules Alciatore, son of the restaurant’s founder, to conceal alcohol during prohibition.
Today there’s no need to hide the brandy, but the drink’s spectacular tableside preparation has kept it popular with modern diners. The Café Brûlot starts with a spiced brandy concoction, which is heated and dramatically set aflame. To that, the server adds hot coffee and divides the mixture among special cups.
Cinnamon and clove add warm holiday flavor to this drink, which is all the more enjoyable against Antoine’s festive background. The Café Brulot is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit and wake you up in time for a late-night French-Quarter jaunt with loved ones.