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Mazagran, the portuguese one

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when life gives you lemons, make mazagran.
this is a quite popular summer drink in portugal, but the name appears to have origin in a fortress called mazagran in algiers, during the 1840 war. the legend tells that french soldiers used water in their coffee in the absence of milk and drank the beverage cold to counter the heat; sometimes they added brandy to help the time run faster. portuguese recipe is bolder and usually uses lemon juice instead of water and rum alternatively to brandy.


  • 50ml espresso
  • 25ml dark rum
  • fresh juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ice


  1. add your sugar to hot espresso, stir until dissolved and cool for about 30 minutes;
  2. top expresso with rum and lemon juice, and stir together;
  3. pour over prepared iced tall glass;
  4. garnish with lemon slice.

serves: 1
glass: tall glass

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