This is an interesting little offering from Eliza Acton. It is probably the forerunner to the Irish Coffee, but not as rich, as no cream is added. In France, it is rather vulgarly called Gloria. Heaven knows why, but someone will doubtless tell me.
Make as much strong coffee, as clear as possible, as you may need. Sweeten it in the cup with white sugar, almost to a syrup, then pour brandy on the top, gently, over a spoon. Set fire to it with a lighted paper and, when the spirit is, in part, consumed, carefully blow out the flame. Then drink the Gloria quite hot.
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