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Ammazzacaffè is the popular Italian assimilation and adaptation of a usage born among aristocratic classes, where it was common to move to a different room to smoke and to serve a cognac or a brandy after dinner.
Nowadays it is still a common custom in Italy, even at lunch, and it is made of bitters or a local liqueur. In some northern zones (Veneto or Trentino regions) people used to rinse out the emptied coffee cup with liqueur (traditionally Grappa) that they would then drink ("resentin"); this also happens in Piemonte, where this custom is called "pussacaffè".
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