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A glass of iced sambuca served with coffee as a chasse-café

Borrowed from French chasse-café (literally coffee-chaser).



chasse-café (plural chasse-cafés)

  1. (dated) A small serving of spirits taken to remove the taste of coffee, tobacco, etc.
    Synonyms: chasse (shortening), pousse-café
    • 1833 May, “a Yorkshireman” [pseudonym], “A Trip to Paris with Mr. Jorrocks”, in The New Sporting Magazine, volume V, number XXV, London: Baldwin & Cradock [et al.], OCLC 2264912, page 42:
      "[…] And here comes tea and coffee—may as well have some, I suppose it will be all the same price. And what's this?" eyeing a lot of liqueur glasses full of eau de vie. "Chasse café, Monsieur," said the garçon. "Chasse cafechasse cafe—what's that? Oh, I twig—what we call 'shove in the mouth' at the Free-and-Easy.—Yes, certainly, give me a glass."
    • 1838, [Hezekiah Hartley Wright], chapter XXI, in Desultory Reminiscences of a Tour through Germany, Switzerland, and France. By an American, Boston, Mass.: William D[avis] Ticknor; Philadelphia, Pa.: E[dward] L. Carey and A[braham] Hart, OCLC 1040528554, page 297:
      The business of the drama is now over, and by way of epilogue, you toss off a demi-tasse of café noir, with its accompanying petit verre de liqueur, which has been appositely termed chasse-café, from the peculiar rapidity it usually exhibits in following that aromatic beverage. [] Such are the details of a Parsian dinner; []
    • [1847, Sylvanus [pseudonym; Robert Colton], “Letter XIX”, in Rambles in Sweden and Gottland: With Etchings by the Way-side, London: Richard Bentley, [], OCLC 669227526, page 131:
      The former will have devoted himself to you for the first half-score hours, have promenaded, dined à la carte, and chasse café’d with you, seen you to your hotel with bows, promises, and ravishing language, and then—have forgotten you for ever.]
    • 1853, James Simpson, “The Louvre Gallery—First Visit”, in Paris after Waterloo: Notes Taken at the Time and hitherto Unpublished: [], Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 3305854, page 143:
      The dinner was in the best French manner—choice fruit, and wines of the greatest variety and richness; melon, with boiled beef as usual; coffee after dinner, without cream, and a small glass of liqueur called chasse-café, after it.
    • 1858, Anthony Trollope, “Sir Louis Leaves Greshamsbury”, in Doctor Thorne. [], volume III, London: Chapman & Hall, [], OCLC 458393990, page 118:
      Sir Louis began by ordering the woman to bring him chasse-café. She offered him coffee, as much as he would; but no chasse.
    • 1868, H[enry] C[harles] Ross Johnson, “The Conspiracy.—The Harbour of Buenos Ayres.”, in A Long Vacation in the Argentine Alps: Or Where to Settle in the River Plate States, London: Richard Bentley, [], OCLC 701858279, page 22:
      I could not understand why they gave us unlimited light claret for dinner, with Madeira and champagne, with any number of chasse cafés, all included in the passage-money, whilst any one calling for a modest glass of ale had to pay extra, and pretty handsomely, for the same.
    • 1880 January 3, Franz Liszt; William R[oyall] Tyler, transl., “1880 [chapter title]”, in The Letters of Franz Liszt to Olga von Meyendorff 1871–1886 in the Mildred Bliss Collection at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks; trustees for Harvard University, published 1979, →ISBN, page 365:
      At the concert (which was at three) I found [Anton] Rubinstein who is here visiting his wife for Christmas. We dined together (at the Grand Hôtel de Russie, Babuino). As a chasse-café I banged out for him my arrangement of the Tic-tac Tarantelle by [Alexander] Dargomizhsky.

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Literally “coffee-chaser”, from chasse (chase, drive off, 2nd person singular imperative of chasser) +‎ café (coffee).



chasse-café m (plural chasse-café or chasse-cafés)

  1. (archaic, rare) chasse-café, pousse-café (small glass of alcohol after coffee)
    Synonym: pousse-café