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