One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A glass of various liqueurs or cordials poured in successive layers, drunk immediately after coffee.
- ‘Foremost in this group is coffee, plain and simple, and all its derivative forms: lattes, espresso, cappuccino, pousse-café, café au lait, Irish coffee, and so many more delights.’
- ‘Or if you try asking for a pousse-café at your local watering hole, you're more likely to get a sarcastic laugh and quite possibly a slap in the face than eight layers of liqueur in a pretty little glass.’
French, literally ‘push coffee’.
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