Antiques: A rare collection

For many of us, the holidays mean fancy food and drink. For your cold-weather (?) libation needs, look no further than Special Collections & Archives for a recipe for a delicious treat.

In 1896, antiques dealer Waldhorn Co. published a small advertisement called “Antiques: A rare collection from old Creole families.” The tiny pamphlet includes poetry by Eugene Field and Mrs. M.E.M. Davis as well as an ode to a drink called Café Brûlot by James A. Morosa. Morosa was inspired to write the verse after sampling a concoction made by Dorothy Dix, one of the first advice columnists and an employee of the New Orleans Daily Picayune.

The drink is a spiced mix of brandy and coffee–perfect for warming up on a chilly winter night. Café Brûlot Diabolique (Devilishly Burned Coffee), as it is formally called, was developed by Jules Alciatore, proprietor of Antoine’s Restaurant, in the 1890s.

View the entire pamphlet in the Louisiana Digital Library or come to Special Collections & Archives to see it in person.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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