Spanish Coffee

Burn baby burn

The show at Hubers

By Katherine

We love discovering new (to us) drinks and on our recent trip to Oregon fell in love with the Spanish Coffee. We don’t plan to recreate it any time soon at home since we can only ingest cold drinks between the May 15th and September 15th without risking heat exhaustion. But the concept is simple. Rim a heatproof glass (wine, Irish Coffee) with sugar, pour in an ounce or two of 151-proof rum, light it on fire. Once the flames die, add an ounce or two of coffee liqueur, top with coffee and save enough room for whipped cream. Dust with some fresh grated nutmeg. Our favorite take on this concoction was from Hubers Cafe and included a bit of triple sec. The bar at the restaurant — Portland’s oldest dating to 1879 — is worth checking out, old wood, stained glass, great lighting. And the bartenders put on quite the show when they make the drink.

Word to the wise: The Spanish Coffee at Hubers is very, very strong. But one we had earlier in the week at a restaurant on the coast wasn’t for the faint of heart either. Here’s Greg navigating that one.

Extreme closeup warning.

Does this drink make my nose look fat?

Does this drink make my nose look fat?

We’ll be back next week with a cold one!

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10 Responses to Spanish Coffee

  1. Ruth says:

    You know you aren’t supposed to ask questions like that? But the answer is no!
    Looks like you are having a good time.

  2. karmami says:

    Love those delicious coffee drinks . The only thing is …since I really do not drink too much…rarely..they go right up to my head .lol..

  3. Holly says:

    This sounds gorgeous, and highly boozy!

  4. Sounds like a good one – you could always leave out the cream and have it over ice in this hot weather :)

  5. Fantastic picture of the bar. Wish I’d been there. The chances of me getting to Oregon are fat and none:)

  6. Eva Taylor says:

    I’m with you on the hot drinks, but this one is one that’s worth BM’ing for the cooler temperatures.

  7. Alison says:

    This looks decidedly moreish!

  8. ChgoJohn says:

    I’ve never heard of Spanish Coffe, Greg, and never really enjoyed Irish Coffee — or at least any that I’ve tried so far. (Hope Springs eternal, though.) This sounds really good and thanks for sharing the recipe. I need to get me some rum. ;)

  9. Lauren says:

    Nice. Huber’s is a fun place — I remember being not all that impressed with the food, but they did mix a mean drink. Wish I’d known to order a Spanish coffee!

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