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Pharisee (beverage)

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A Pharisee is a special hot coffee beverage from Northern Germany. The base is strong coffee with sugar, completed by 4 cl (one shot or 1.3 oz) of brown rum. The drink is covered by whipped cream.

The name is said to have originated in the following way. In the 19th century, there was a pastor on the island of [Nordstrand]] who was a strict teetotaller. He christened a peasant’s child and was afterwards invited home by the family. Everyone had a cup of coffee with rum and whipped cream on top, but the pastor's drink was served without alcohol. When he realised that the others drank alcohol, he shouted out: “Oh, you Pharisees!”

See Pharisee.