Spanish culture is loaded with drama. In fact, it seems like everything the Spanish do has some level of extremeness to it.

I mean, when they explore, they take over continents; when they play soccer, they win World Cups, and when they have a festival, they try not to get trampled by bulls…

So it should come as no surprise that “Spanish Coffee”, or carajillo, is as intense as everything else that this dramatically beautiful culture delivers.

A smooth and powerful combination of caffeine and alcohol, this carajillo recipe is sure to leave you coming back for more.

Just a quick clarification before we begin the tutorial.

This is similar to, but not the same as, our recipe for flaming Spanish coffee. If you’re looking for a dazzling display to wow your guests with, head on over to that recipe here.

On the other hand, if you’re more interested in taste, continue on with this tutorial and you’ll get a compelling drink that is downright delicious.

This entire recipe yields one serving, so if you’re making several of these, multiply the recipe accordingly.

What Does Carajillo Mean?

While the answer is not certain, some think the term carajillo comes from the Spanish word coraje or “courage”, while others think it may actually stem from the phrase, que ara guillo, or “now, I’m leaving in a hurry.”

The latter would imply a certain sense of no-nonsense urgency for coffee and booze in a cup, which would go well with the overall feel of the beverage.

In some places, the carajillo has had a couple of interesting twists added to it.

For example, the flaming Spanish coffee we mentioned above involves literally setting the drink on fire!

And in Mexico, the drink has been altered into something quite different, though equally as exciting. In a Mexican carajillo, a sweet vanilla-citrus liqueur called Licor 43 is added to the carajillo recipe, while the coffee is swapped out for espresso.

And there you have it! Carajillo coffee is a drink that is intensely flavorful and an experience that you won’t easily forget.

This one is a great option when you want to impress some guests with a new drink made with your impressive barista and bartending skills!

If you’ve tried this one out, we’d love to hear about it. And, as always, please consider sharing the post, too!


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