Coffee according to a 19th-century soldier's recipe wakes you up better than anything: One ingredient gives the special aroma

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The coffee according to a recipe from the 19th century is a great way to wake up. It's about espresso, whose recipe they invented soldiers, and instead of with milk they did it with one spirits. In the Portuguese versions, the drink "buttermilk" is prepared with espresso, lemon, mint and rum, and in the Austrian version it is served with an ice cube.

A quick version is done as before the sweetened espressoo is poured into a cup with ice cubes and a slice of lemon, making the "mazagran" the "original iced coffee". The name of the drink probably comes from the name of Mazagran fortress located in Algeria, which was granted to France in 1837 and where the drink was created.

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In that fort, French colonial troops consumed "mazagran" prepared with coffee syrup and cold water. Namely, when the soldiers had no water, they mixed coffee syrup with rum and thus managed to warm themselves.

When the soldiers returned to Paris, they suggested that the bartenders serve the drink, and since it quickly became popular, all the cafes began to serve it in tall glasses.

Mazagran is made with strong, hot coffee poured over ice, and is usually served in a narrow, tall glass.

This coffee is made with water, not milk. A slice of lemon and a few teaspoons of rum are then added to the glass, depending on whether the customer wants it "hot coffee" or flavored coffee.

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