What to serve your guests, iced coffee or hot coffee?
If you want to impress your guests, go for a Mazagran recipe instead! It is a traditional Algerian coffee lemonade made with lemon, ice, and coffee.
This exotic blend is quite refreshing yet simple to make. So why not give it a try?
Here is my secret recipe for a cup of authentic Mazagran and some tips to brew it the right way.
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What is Mazagran Coffee?
Mazagran (Lemon Coffee) is a refreshing summer drink like a cross between lemonade and espresso. It combines the tartness of lemons with the robust flavor of coffee in a way perfect for warm weather. Algerians started adding lemons to low-end coffee beans to improve their flavor and make the coffee less bitter. But as you can imagine, pricier coffee beans impart deliciousness to this drink.
Mazagran is often called the “original iced coffee.” It has a bittersweet history. It was conceived while more than 100 French soldiers were held captive in the Algerian town of Mazagran. It happened in the 1800s when Algeria fought for liberation from French colonialists. The French soldiers, accustomed to mixing brandy with their coffee, were offered no refreshment beyond pitchers of cold water and coffee syrup. The soldiers were soon rescued, but the soldiers returning to France continued to add water to their coffee, and serve it in tall glasses from there on.
Nowadays, Mazagran is very popular in the cafés of Portugal.
And what does Mazagran (aka Coffee Lemonade) taste like?
When you take a sip, the tartness of the lemonade hits your tongue first, followed by the smooth and slightly bitter taste of the brewed coffee. I think it’s a great combination when you’re in the mood for a refreshing drink.
What Do You Need to Make Mazagran?
Mazagran is not your usual instant iced coffee. It’s a traditional French cold coffee drink with ingredients that include:
- Ice cubes
- Sugar syrup
You can pour coffee syrup over the top and garnish the drink with lemon slices or mint leaves.
What Kind of Cup Should Mazagran Be Served In?
Mazagran is a delicious cocktail you can make with coffee, sugar, and brandy. It’s usually served in a tall, narrow glass.
You can make Mazagran using tall and narrow cups, but the ideal glassware for Mazagran is a large highball glass with a wide mouth and heavy bottom, since you’ll want to easily mix the ingredients without spilling any of them. Some other popular Mazagran cups include sherry and cordial glasses (they come in many sizes).
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve never mixed lemons and coffee before, you may have a few questions about it. Here are some answers, but if there is anything else, please ask in a comment below.
Looking for more coffee recipes? Read the coffee recipes on BigCupOfCoffee to see other cool ideas.
Café Mazagran is a surprisingly delicious drink perfect for summer and sunny days. Add the original Algerian iced coffee to your summer party’s menu, and enjoy!