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Rüdesheim Coffee Recipe- Make Rüdesheimer Kaffee at HOME

Rüdesheim Coffee Recipe- Make Rüdesheimer Kaffee at HOME

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One of my favorite souvenirs this summer was a Rudesheim Coffee Recipe. Rüdesheim on the Rhine is best known for the many Wein Stuben that line the Drosselgasse. But wine isn’t the only popular Beverage in town. Since 1957, Rüdesheimer Kaffee, generously flavored with Asbach Uralt, has been lifting the spirits of tourists and locals alike. So, naturally, when my daughter and I visited Rüdesheim, we HAD to try it!
And it was good.

Really good.

Put a “shine on your whole day” good.

And with this EASY Rüdesheim Coffee Recipe... I can make it whenever I want to, and you can too!

rudesheim coffee recipe

Coffee in Wine Country?

First a little background. Why is a town in the heart of the Rhine wine producing making specialty coffee with Brandy? Turns out Rüdesheim is the home of Asbach, arguably Germany’s best known Brandy. Hugo Asbach learned the distillery trade in France in the mid-late 1800s. In 1892, he founded the Rüdesheimer Cognac distillery. Why there? Well, Cognac or Brandy is made by distilling WINE. To get his primary ingredient, he didn’t have to go very far.

Flash to the end of WWI, and one section of the Treaty of Versailles ruled that the term Cognac could only be used on French produced Brandies. Hugo Asbach took it in stride, and changed the name to Weinbrand… the German word for Brandy. And it 1923, the name Weinbrand became the official German title by law (this way, apparently, the French can’t go around calling their brandy Weinbrand).

Rüdesheimer Kaffee History

rudesheim coffee recipe

This poster hangs everywhere in Rüdesheim!

All I can find ANYWHERE is that in 1957, famous TV chef Hans Karl Adam invented Rüdesheim coffee. I have been digging through the Internet in search of a video clip, and image, a reason! Anything!!! But that’s all I know.

Honestly, it wasn’t much of a reach to “invent” this drink… Coffee/Alcohol/Whipped cream drinks have been around since the mid 1800s. The Pharisäer, Coffee and Rum, and the Fiaker, Espresso and Rum, both topped with a generous Schlag (of Whipped Cream), were quite popular in Viennese Coffee Houses, and the Pharisäer was well known in northern Germany and Denmark. Then in the 1950s, Irish Coffee, coffee and whiskey, became all the rage.

rudesheim coffee recipe

Seems to me that Hans Karl Adam took a known idea, and tweaked it. Using Asbach Uralt from Rüdesheim gave the coffee drink the local twist it needed… and then he SET IT ON FIRE! The whole thing made in a special Table-Side ceremony, and served in a special handle-less cup.

rudesheim coffee recipe

Ta-da! Rüdesheimer Kaffee.

yum

Rudesheim Coffee Recipe

Iced Rudesheimer Kaffee

rudesheim coffee recipe

Rüdesheimer Kaffee can be served hot or iced. And on the warm July day when we visited Rüdesheim, my daughter opted for the iced version thinking it would be like a German Eiskafee. Fair warning… while the hot version is strong, the iced version packs a PUNCH. (I wonder if the hot version just sneaks the alcohol past you…?)

Go ahead and make it iced at home. Instead of the sugar cube, you pour Asbach over Vanilla Ice Cream, then pour in cold coffee, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Rüdesheimer Coffee Cups

When in Rüdesheim, you will be served your coffee in a special Rüdesheim Coffee cup. You can enjoy that experience at home! Find the specialty cups here–>

Vintage Rudesheimer Coffee Cup Sets 2 Tall Red White Heinrich Porcelain Germany Irish Tea Cup Duos Asbach Liqueur 1960s Housewarming GiftVintage Rudesheimer Coffee Cup Sets 2 Tall Red White Heinrich Porcelain Germany Irish Tea Cup Duos Asbach Liqueur 1960s Housewarming GiftVintage Rudesheimer Coffee Cup Sets 2 Tall Red White Heinrich Porcelain Germany Irish Tea Cup Duos Asbach Liqueur 1960s Housewarming Gift2 Rüdesheimer Kaffee cups with saucers and cake plate Heinrich porcelain 5 pieces Asbach Uralt2 Rüdesheimer Kaffee cups with saucers and cake plate Heinrich porcelain 5 pieces Asbach Uralt2 Rüdesheimer Kaffee cups with saucers and cake plate Heinrich porcelain 5 pieces Asbach UraltOld Series, Two Rüdesheim Tall Coffee Cups with Saucers, Made in GermanyOld Series, Two Rüdesheim Tall Coffee Cups with Saucers, Made in GermanyOld Series, Two Rüdesheim Tall Coffee Cups with Saucers, Made in GermanyPretty Rüdesheimer coffee set by Heinrich for six, including coffee pot, 6x cups, saucers, Asbach UraltPretty Rüdesheimer coffee set by Heinrich for six, including coffee pot, 6x cups, saucers, Asbach UraltPretty Rüdesheimer coffee set by Heinrich for six, including coffee pot, 6x cups, saucers, Asbach UraltFour Rüdesheimer cups and saucers, Rüdesheimer coffee cups and saucers, German porcelain, Rüdesheimer caffeeFour Rüdesheimer cups and saucers, Rüdesheimer coffee cups and saucers, German porcelain, Rüdesheimer caffeeFour Rüdesheimer cups and saucers, Rüdesheimer coffee cups and saucers, German porcelain, Rüdesheimer caffee

 

 

And of course, a long spoon

Hiware 9-Inch Long Handle Iced Tea Spoon, Coffee Spoon, Ice Cream Spoon, Stainless Steel Cocktail Stirring Spoons, Set of 4Hiware 9-Inch Long Handle Iced Tea Spoon, Coffee Spoon, Ice Cream Spoon, Stainless Steel Cocktail Stirring Spoons, Set of 4Hiware 9-Inch Long Handle Iced Tea Spoon, Coffee Spoon, Ice Cream Spoon, Stainless Steel Cocktail Stirring Spoons, Set of 4

Joy Jolt has nice Selection of Coffee Glasses

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Joyjolt Elegant Glassware
 

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Comment(4)

  1. Hi, I can’t light the brandy. We have had this several time in Germany and it looks easy, but at home, we can’t make it light. Any ideas?

    1. I realize that this comment is about a year late but I just had this problem myself and found that the temperature of the brandy makes all the difference in the world. I saw in multiple videos servers having no problems getting and keeping their brandy lit. I also noticed in a couple videos that they removed the brandy from what looked like a bowl of warm water before adding it to the cup. I tried this by putting hot water in a bowl and setting a measuring glass full of brandy in the hot water for about a minute or two. Couldn’t believe the difference it made. Had more of a problem putting the flame out than getting it lit!

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