Coffee Liqueur (Cape Verde Islands) Licor De Cafe

“In the Cape Verde Islands, this cordial might be made with cane brandy made with sugar cane grown on the island, but white rum is more available. If you can find Brazilian cachaca, that works well. Ethiopian coffee beans are especially good for this cordial. Note: the liqueur requires a 3 week aging process before consumption. Recipe adapted from: the Africa Cookbook, Tastes of a Continent, by Jessica B. Harris”
192hrs 30mins
6 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set a few coffee beans aside, then place the rest of the coffee beans into the rum and allow them to infuse for eight days.
  2. Place the sugar in a small saucepan and add the 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, and cook until you have a thin syrup. allow syrup to chill.
  3. Add the syrup to the coffee mixture, and mix well.
  4. Pour the liqueur off into small decorative bottles.
  5. Add a few coffee beans to each bottle and allow the liquer to age 3 weeks or longer before seving in tiny cordial glasses as an after-dinner drink.

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