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Livornese Ponce: the Tuscan specialty that solves all problems!

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Tuscany is a region rich in traditions and culinary specialties. In the Livorno area, in particular, you can find a beverage with an intense flavor and fascinating history: the Livornese Ponce.


According to legend, in the early 18th century, a ship coming from America, during its journey to Europe, faced a storm that caused several rum barrels to break. This incident "ruined" the coffee cargo transported by the ship, which was then sold at a lower price. However, the Livornese appreciated the result of this event and decided to replicate the "rum coffee" and started selling it in local venues.

But how do you prepare Livornese Ponce?


The ingredients are simple: an espresso, 3 cl of fancy rum, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and half a lemon peel.

For the preparation:

  • Pour a teaspoon of sugar and rum into a small glass (gottino). Using the steam wand of your coffee machine, you need to bring the mixture of rum and sugar to a boil. As soon as you see bubbles on the surface, place the glass down and let the sugar dissolve by itself due to the steam.


  • Next, prepare an espresso long enough to reach the edge of the glass with rum and sugar.

  • After swirling the glass to mix the ingredients better, add the lemon peel as a sail on the glass and consume it hot!


Livornese Ponce is a beverage with an intense and bold flavor, perfect to enjoy after a meal or during a coffee break. Moreover, the history behind this specialty makes its tasting even more fascinating.


If you are in Tuscany, you cannot miss the opportunity to taste Livornese Ponce, the beverage that according to past customs is the solution to all problems!

In conclusion, Livornese Ponce is a specialty that represents the history and tradition of the Livorno area. If you are a coffee lover and want to taste a unique beverage, you cannot miss this delicious drink!


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