Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum Recipe from Austria

Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum

Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum Recipe from Austria
Region / culture: Austria | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 5 minutes | Servings: 4


Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum
Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum

Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum is a decadent and rich coffee drink that is perfect for a special occasion or a cozy night in. This recipe combines the bold flavors of coffee and chocolate with a hint of rum for a truly indulgent treat.


This recipe is said to have been a favorite of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary, who ruled from 1848 to 1916. It was often served at royal banquets and gatherings, where it was enjoyed by the emperor and his guests.


How to prepare

  1. Strain the coffee and mix it with 2 cups of milk.
  2. Dissolve the chocolate and sugar in 1 cup of milk.
  3. Stir the chocolate mixture into the coffee.
  4. Beat the mixture until frothy and serve it hot with 1 oz (28 g) of dark rum added to each cup and topped with whipped cream.
  5. Alternatively, you can store it in a pitcher in the refrigerator and serve it cold in goblets with rum and whipped cream.
  6. Either way, it is delicious.


  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm and spicy flavor.
  • Use white chocolate instead of dark chocolate for a sweeter taste.
  • Experiment with different types of rum for a unique twist on this classic recipe.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to use strong black coffee for this recipe to ensure that the flavors are bold and rich.

- Use high-quality cooking chocolate for the best results.

- Be careful not to overheat the milk when dissolving the chocolate and sugar, as it can scorch easily.

- For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the rum and enjoy a delicious mocha drink.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum hot in mugs topped with whipped cream for a cozy treat. Alternatively, serve it cold in goblets for a refreshing twist.

Cooking Techniques

This recipe requires basic cooking techniques such as mixing, stirring, and beating.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use almond or coconut milk for a dairy-free version of this recipe.

- Substitute honey or maple syrup for the sugar for a natural sweetener.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the coffee and chocolate mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Simply reheat and add the rum and whipped cream before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum in elegant mugs or goblets for a sophisticated presentation. Garnish with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or chocolate shavings for an extra touch of luxury.

Pairing Recommendations

This rich and decadent drink pairs well with light and fruity desserts such as fruit tarts or sorbets.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover mocha and rum in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum contains approximately 200 calories.


Each serving of Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum contains approximately 25 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum contains approximately 10 grams of fats.


Each serving of Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum contains approximately 5 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

This recipe is not a significant source of vitamins and minerals.


This recipe contains dairy and chocolate, which may be allergens for some individuals.


Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum is a rich and indulgent drink that is best enjoyed in moderation due to its high calorie and fat content.


Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum is a luxurious and indulgent coffee drink that is perfect for a special occasion or a cozy night in. With its rich flavors of coffee, chocolate, and rum, this recipe is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more. Enjoy this delicious drink hot or cold for a truly decadent treat.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a cherished one. It was many years ago, when I was just a young girl living in Vienna. My family had always been passionate about food, and the art of cooking was something that was passed down through the generations. But this recipe, Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum, was something special.

I first learned of this recipe from my grandmother, who had received it from a dear friend who had once worked in the palace kitchens. The story behind the recipe was that Emperor Franz Josef himself had requested a special drink to be made for him - a rich and decadent blend of coffee, chocolate, and rum. The resulting concoction was said to be fit for a king, and only the most skilled of chefs were trusted with its creation.

My grandmother had never attempted to make the drink herself, but she had kept the recipe tucked away in a small wooden box, along with other treasured family recipes. When she showed it to me, her eyes sparkled with excitement, knowing that I shared her love for cooking and would appreciate the significance of such a rare find.

I studied the recipe carefully, taking in every detail of the ingredients and instructions. It called for the finest quality coffee beans, dark chocolate, heavy cream, and a generous splash of rum. The process seemed intricate and time-consuming, but I was determined to master it.

After weeks of practicing and refining my technique, I finally felt ready to attempt Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum. I gathered all of the ingredients, setting them out on the kitchen counter in neat little bowls. The familiar scent of freshly ground coffee beans filled the air, mingling with the rich aroma of chocolate and rum.

As I began to follow the recipe, I felt a sense of anticipation building within me. The steps were precise and exacting, requiring careful attention to detail. I melted the chocolate over a double boiler, stirring it gently until it was smooth and glossy. In a separate pot, I simmered the heavy cream until it was hot but not boiling, then added the chocolate and stirred until it was fully incorporated.

Next came the coffee, brewed strong and dark, its rich aroma filling the kitchen with warmth. I poured it into the chocolate mixture, watching as the two liquids swirled together in a mesmerizing dance. Finally, I added a generous splash of rum, the sharp scent cutting through the sweetness of the chocolate and cream.

As I poured the finished drink into a delicate porcelain cup, I could hardly contain my excitement. I took a tentative sip, letting the rich flavors wash over my taste buds. The combination of coffee, chocolate, and rum was unlike anything I had ever tasted before - it was decadent, indulgent, and utterly delicious.

I knew in that moment that I had succeeded in capturing the essence of Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum. The recipe was a testament to the skill and dedication of the chefs who had created it, and I felt a sense of pride in being able to recreate it in my own kitchen.

From that day on, Emperor Franz Josef's Mocha and Rum became a staple in my family's repertoire of recipes. It was a drink that we reserved for special occasions, a treat to be enjoyed with loved ones gathered around the table. And every time I made it, I would think back to that first moment of discovery, when I had unlocked the secrets of a recipe fit for a king.


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