Alps Coffee

Ah, the Alps: that idyllic countryside, full of birdsong and blooming edelweiss and the sound of music. The mere mention of the Alps evokes images of hot chocolate and flaxen-haired milkmaids, but why? But perhaps instead it should make us think of this delightful brunch drink, a drunken coffee enhanced with a little kirsch and Frangelico.

Alps Coffee

About This Recipe

Yield:1 cocktail
Total time:1 minute
Special equipment:coffee maker, microplane
This recipe appears in: Brunch Drinks: Alps Coffee


  • 8 ounces brewed coffee (hot)
  • Sugar and cream to taste (optional)
  • 1.5 ounces Frangelico or other hazelnut liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces kirsch (cherry brandy)
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • Whole nutmeg for grating
  • Dark chocolate bar for shaving


  1. 1

    Pour coffee into 12 ounce mug (add sugar or cream to taste, optional). Stir in Frangelico and kirsch. Top with whipped cream. Grate nutmeg (3 or 4 scratches) onto whipped cream with microplane or nutmeg grater.

  2. 2

    Shave chocolate by scraping a chef's knife across chocolate bar. Add a few curls of chocolate to cocktail and serve immediately.

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