On our visit to the pretty riverside town of Rudesheim, during our Rhine river cruise, the tour guide gave us a choice. We had enjoyed the fairground organs, music boxes and other mechanical instruments of the Rudesheim music museum. Now we could continue the walking tour with her, or she suggested that we might like to wander along the cobbled street of the Drosselgasse with its wine shops and taverns and perhaps stop for a Rudesheimer coffee. Brandy and cream were mentioned. Well, dear readers, can you guess which we chose?
I hope that you enjoy the video below on How to make a Rudesheimer coffee
In the 1890s the Asbach company was founded in Rudesheim, where the family run distillery made a German brandy that was a rival to the best French Cognac. The company passed from father to son and in the roaring 1920s, when it was considered unseemly for women to drink in public, they invented a brandy chocolate so that the ladies could also enjoy a secret tipple. In the 1950s the Rudesheimer coffee was born and to this day is served in the cafes and inns of Rudesheim; a warming mixture of sweet coffee with a good helping of Asbach brandy, topped with sweet, whipped vanilla cream and sprinkled with grated chocolate.
We stopped for our Rudesheimer coffee at Rudesheimer Schloss and sat at the back in the light conservatory, for the ceremony of making the Rudsheimer coffee that you can see on the video above. It was delicious and very warming, putting us in an excellent mood as we walked back to the Amadeus Princess river cruise ship. If you can’t make it to Rudesheim, you might like to try to make it using the instructions below, but be sure to only use good German Asbach Brandy, no French substitutes will taste the same!
1.Put 3 cubes of sugar in a Rudesheimer coffee cup, pour over a miniature bottle (4cl) of Asbach brandy and set it alight
2. Stir and allow the brandy to burn for one minute.
3. Pour in the hot coffee and fill to 2 cm below the rim
4. Place a scoop of whipped cream sweetened with vanilla sugar on top of the coffee
5. Sprinkle with grated dark chocolate
6. Enjoy drinking the hot coffee through the cool cream (no spoons or straws allowed)
There’s also a cool version to serve in summer in which you pour the Asbach over vanilla ice cream, pour in iced coffee and then top with whipped cream, served with a straw and spoon.
We tasted our Rudesheimer coffee as part of a tour of Rudesheim on our Rhine river cruise with Lüftner Cruises. However, Rudesheim is a pleasant town to visit at any time; for more information you can take a look at the Asbach website (they have a visitor’s centre in Rudesheim) and the Rudesheim tourist information website.
More tales from our Rhine River Cruise
Read my Cruising the Rhine daily diary at The Online Travel Journal
All aboard the Amadeus Princess – what to expect from your river cruise ship – video
From Riesling to Gewürztraminer – our wine tasting on the Alsace Wine Route
About Lüftner Cruises
My thanks to Lüftner Cruises who hosted our Rhine River Cruise – Lüftner Cruises specialise in European river cruises on the Rhine, Danube, Rhône and other destinations in Europe, with personal service and Austrian hospitality. You can also follow them on their Facebook Page. We travelled on the Amadeus Princess on a 7 day Classical Rhine Cruise which travelled from Basel to Amsterdam, although we disembarked at Cologne.
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