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Elevate your coffee experience with the bold and spirited Carajillo.

This Spanish-inspired concoction combines the robustness of coffee with the warmth of a smooth spirit, creating a delightful pick-me-up that’s perfect for those seeking a touch of sophistication in their cup.

Stay with us as we bring you our take on this delicious drink.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Coffee lovers with a penchant for a spirited kick.
  • Estimated Duration: Quick and easy, around 5 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Low in calories, rich in flavor.

About This Recipe

Originating from Spain, the Carajillo is a simple yet elegant fusion of coffee and alcohol. It’s a popular choice for those looking to add a dash of indulgence to their coffee routine. It’s popular in Spain as well as many places in Latin America.

Equipment Required

  1. Espresso machine or strong brewed coffee
  2. Shot of your preferred spirit (traditionally brandy or rum)
  3. Brown sugar (optional)


  • 1 shot of freshly brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 1 shot of brandy or rum
  • Brown sugar to taste (optional)


  1. Brew the Coffee: Prepare a shot of espresso or a strong cup of coffee.
  2. Add the Spirit: Pour a shot of brandy or rum into the coffee.
  3. Sweeten (Optional): Add brown sugar to taste if you prefer a sweeter touch.
  4. Stir & Serve: Give it a gentle stir to blend the flavors, and it’s ready to be enjoyed.

Side Dishes

Pair your Carajillo with a plate of Spanish churros or a slice of flan for a delightful dessert experience.

Storage Options

Best enjoyed fresh; however, if you have leftover coffee, refrigerate and reheat gently on the stove before adding the spirit.

Ingredient Substitutes

Experiment with different spirits like whiskey or liqueurs to customize your Carajillo to your liking.


For a non-alcoholic version, try adding a splash of vanilla extract or flavored syrup for a unique twist. Furthermore, you may also want to try these non-alcoholic coffees:


The Carajillo is more than a coffee cocktail; it’s a sensory journey that marries the richness of coffee with the depth of spirits. Whether enjoyed as an after-dinner treat or a midday indulgence, the Carajillo is a sip of sophistication that transcends borders. ¡Salud! (Cheers!)