This simple and flavorful coffee recipe is popular throughout Austria and Hungary. It includes whipped cream, a crucial ingredient for coffee drinks in this part of the world, and is named after the beloved Austrian empress Maria Theresa because she so enjoyed the finer things in life. If you prefer, you can make it with rum, in which case it is called a fiaker—named for Vienna’s carriage drivers, who occasionally need something warm to keep going, especially in chilly weather.


Six ounces freshly brewed coffee
One teaspoon sugar
Two tablespoons fine orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau
One tablespoon whipped cream
One-half teaspoon orange zest* for garnish
*Grate the skin of a fresh, clean orange.
Chocolate shavings (optional)


Fill your cup with hot water and set it aside for a minute; this will preheat the cup. Remove the water and combine the liqueur and sugar in the cup. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the coffee and top off with a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish with orange zest and chocolate shavings if desired. Enjoy!

Makes 1 serving.

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