A Rüdesheimer Coffee Cruising the Rhine With AmaWaterways
One of the great gifts from our recent sailing of the Rhine River with AmaWaterways was the weather.
As we were traveling in the first week of April, we were expecting jacket weather and the possibility of rain. Remarkably, we enjoyed sunny skies every day and experienced no rain.
Temperatures each day began in the high-40s and by mid-afternoon would climb into the mid-60s.
On the day we were sailing through the Rhine Gorge, where there is the greatest concentration of castles, the weather was chilly (in the mid-40s) and because we were sailing through a narrow gorge, there was also an accompanying fairly strong breeze. In other words, until around 10:00, it was COLD. Hence, all of the scarfs seen in my photograph.
AmaWaterways, knowing that most of its guests were on the sun deck watching the castles drift by, brought us all a little first-aid in the form of a Rüdesheimer Kaffee.
Was ist ein Rüdesheimer Kaffee?
Well, here’s this from Wikipedia:
“Rüdesheimer Kaffee is an alcoholic coffee drink from Rüdesheim am Rhein in Germany invented in 1957 by the German television chef, Hans Karl Adam. It is a popular drink in coffee houses. Asbach Uralt brandy and sugar cubes are added to a cup. In Rüdesheim, a cup that is specially designed for this beverage is used. The brandy is flambéed and stirred for a minute until the sugar dissolves. Strong coffee is added, followed by a topping of thickly whipped cream sweetened with vanilla sugar. Chocolate flakes are scattered onto the cream as a garnish.”
It was piping-hot, very tasty, and was greatly appreciated by all on this brisk April morning. Thanks AmaWaterways!
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