Livorno Punch (Ponce Livornese)

February 14, 2015

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

Think of this warm drink as a variation of a caffè corretto (an espresso "corrected" with a shot of liquor) or even of a hot toddy that substitutes tea for strong coffee. It's drunk fast, while still hot and even before the sugar has had time to dissolve properly. Not for the faint-hearted.


Makes: 1


  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ounce (30 milliliters) dark rum (or half rum and half cognac or half sassolino)
  • 1 shot strong espresso coffee (preferably made with a stovetop percolator)
  • 1 twist of lemon peel
In This Recipe


  1. Place sugar and rum in a small glass. Top with espresso. Twist the lemon peel over the top to release essential oils, then drop the peel into the glass. Serve immediately.

More Great Recipes:
Cocktail|Punch|Rum|5 Ingredients or Fewer|Fall|Winter

Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

Stefan V. March 13, 2016
My favorite part of a visit to Pisa :)
MaryAlice February 26, 2015
With the dark rum I brought back from Guatemala and the coffee from Columbia, this was an excellent drink. It will go into my files to use often.