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Café Maria Theresa

Popular throughout Austria, this flavorful coffee is named for beloved Austrian empress Maria Theresa. And, this same recipe with a twist makes a Fiaker. That version, named for Vienna’s carriage drivers or fiakers, who need something warm to keep going in chilly weather, substitutes rum for the orange liqueur and omits the garnish.

Dark brown liquid in a white porcelain bug spotted with bright orange zest and whipped cream.


  • 1 tsp (4 g) sugar
  • 2 T (30 ml) orange liqueur (Grand Marnier or Cointreau)
  • 6 oz (177 ml) freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 T (7 g) whipped cream


  • ½ tsp (1.5 g) orange zest
  • 1 tsp (2 g) chocolate shavings


Combine liqueur and sugar in a pre-heated serving cup; stir until sugar dissolves and add coffee. Top with whipped cream, and add garnish.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes.
  • Makes 1 serving.