3 cups hot strong coffee, freshly brewed (Viennese or any dark roast, preferred)
Heavy pinch ground nutmeg
Light pinch ground clove
1 cup heavy cream, chilled, optional
1/4 cup confectioners sugar, optional
4 cinnamon sticks and/or ground cinnamon, for serving
1. Stir the nutmeg and clove into the hot coffee and divide among 4 coffee cups or mugs. Beat the cream, if using, until fluffy, then gradually add the confectioners sugar, beating until stiff.
2. Top each cup of coffee with a generous dollop of the whipped cream. Insert a cinnamon stick into each cup and/or sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon. Serve immediately.
YIELD: 4 servings