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Viennese Cafe Maria Theresia

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This Café Maria Theresia recipe brings this popular Viennese coffee cocktail to life at home. The boozy kick comes from orange liqueur, which is mixed with freshly brewed coffee and sugar.

Top it with whipped cream and orange zest, and sip that rich, creamy goodness with some Austrian pastries for good measure.

Cafe Maria Theresia

Cafe Maria Theresia
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Ingredients

To make my Cafe Maria Theresia, you’ll need the following:

Ingredients for Cafe Maria Theresia
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  • Coffee – 1/2 cup (4oz) strong freshly-brewed coffee
  • Sugar – 2 tsp sugar
  • Orange Liqueur – 3 tbsp (1.5 oz) orange liqueur/Cointreau
  • Cream – 4 tbsp heavy cream or ready-made whipped cream
  • Orange Zest (for topping/garnishing)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 – If making your own whipped cream, beat the heavy cream with a whisk or mixer until you get medium peaks for the whipped cream. Alternatively, use ready-made whipped cream.

Step 2 – Brew the coffee. I generally use a De’Longhi espresso machine or an Aeropress. You can also use a Moka Pot or your favorite coffee-making method.

Step 3 – Warm up the serving cup or glass by adding some hot water to it for about 10-15 seconds, and then throw the water out.

Step 4 – Add the coffee to the warmed serving cup or glass and add sugar. Stir so it dissolves. I generally use two teaspoons of sugar, but you can add more (if you have quite the sweet tooth).

Step 5 – Add the orange liqueur and stir.

Step 6 – Serve with whipped cream and orange zest on top.

After you make it once, you can adjust things to your preference (adding more or less sugar and adding more or less whipped cream). Some versions of this coffee cocktail are also served with grated chocolate on top, so you could also try that!

When it comes to serving it, you could try a dessert glass like the one below.

Cafe Maria Theresia in a glass
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Or, you could try a coffee mug, as below. The choice really is up to you. I’d love to know in the comments if you made this Viennese treat. It’s rich and boozy, that’s for sure!

Cafe Maria Theresia in a glass mug
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Café Maria Theresia

Café Maria Theresia
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (4oz) strong freshly-brewed coffee
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp (1.5 oz) orange liqueur/Cointreau
  • 4 tbsp heavy cream or ready-made whipped cream (more or less to taste)
  • orange zest (for topping/garnishing)

Instructions

  1. If making your own whipped cream, beat the heavy cream with a whisk or mixer until you get medium peaks for the whipped cream. Alternatively, use ready-made whipped cream.
  2. Brew the coffee. I generally use a De’Longhi espresso machine or an Aeropress. You can also use a Moka Pot or your favorite coffee-making method.
  3. Warm up the serving cup or glass by adding some hot water to it for about 10-15 seconds, and then throw the water out.
  4. Add the coffee to the warmed serving cup or glass and add sugar. Stir so it dissolves. I generally use two teaspoons of sugar, but you can add more (if you have quite the sweet tooth).
  5. Add the orange liqueur and stir.
  6. Serve with whipped cream (to taste) and orange zest on top.

Notes

You can adjust things to your preference (adding more or less sugar, whipped cream, or liqueur). Some versions of this coffee cocktail are also served with grated chocolate on top, so you could also try that!

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Want to make this simple Austrian delight at home? Save this recipe to one of your drinks or dessert boards. When you’ve got friends coming round in the evening, treat them to this and see what they think.

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Authors

  • Doina Johnson is a recipe developer and writer. Doina has been cooking for most of her life, and her style draws from many different influences. She cooked with her mother and grandma growing up in Eastern Europe, before adding modern, western influences to her style when living in the United States for about a decade. Then, she traveled full-time for several years, trying food in Europe, Asia, and South America, and bringing those influences into her own cooking. She strives to introduce passionate homecooks to world cuisine, generally by trying the food herself abroad and then recreating it at home and, at times, enlisting the help of local foodies and chefs.

  • Hey there! We are Dale and Doina, the founders of Nomad Paradise. We traveled full-time for over three years, and while we now have a home base in the U.K., continue to take trips abroad to visit new places and try new cuisines and foods. Our food guides are curated with the guidance of local foodies, and their contribution is indicated under each article. We also cook the foods we try abroad, and you can discover how to make them in our 'recipes from around the world' category.

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