4 to 6 servings
This adult beverage is an Acadian specialty.Café Brulot is strong black coffee laced with brandy and spices and served flaming.
Soak 1 lump sugar in brandy for 2 to 3 minutes (do not allow lump to dissolve); remove and reserve. Add 5 lumps sugar to brandy. Pour coffee into a chafing or medium heavy saucepan; place over direct moderate heat. Stir in cloves, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and orange peel. Add brandy. Place reserved brandy-soaked sugar lump on a metal serving ladle and ignite. Add flaming sugar cube to Café Brulot and serve at once in demitasse or other very small cups.
Note: If vanilla bean is unavailable, may use ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or to taste; however the flavor will not be the same.