Carajillo is a Spanish-originated spiked coffee drink that became very popular in Mexico City. This drink is made with espresso and Licor 43 and served during la sobremesa (the after-dinner part of a big Mexican meal).
What is carajillo?
It is a very easy-to-prepare, after-dinner Mexican cocktail; it’s a digestif or digestivo as we say it in Mexico. It is made with strong espresso and a sweet Spanish liquor called Licor del 43.
This drink is served after everyone has finished eating their main meal, dessert has been served, and the conversation is at its peak, at the sobremesa. You will find it in every restaurant and cantina in Mexico City, and you can ask for it in two different ways: puesto ( on the rocks) y shekeado (mixed in a cocktail saker).
This drink is popular in all of Latin America. Each country has its version of it. For example, in Colombia, they use rum or brandy; in Cuba, with rum, etc.
What is licor 43?
It is a sweet Spanish yellow-gold liqueur that is said to be made with 43 botanicals, including aromatics, spices, herbs, roots, and citrus. Because of its sweetness and vanilla flavor notes, this liquor is a natural pair with coffee but be sure to try it in other cocktails.
Ingredients for this recipe, the Mexican cocktail
- Espresso coffee
- Licor del 43
- Ice cubes
How to make the carajillo (coffee cocktail)?
Prepare the coffee, espresso, or robust coffee, and set it aside. Fill a cocktail glass with big ice cubes and add Licor 43. Stir it with a spoon and then place the spoon backward and pour the espresso coffee over it.
You’ll have a beautifully layered cocktail, a classic carajillo cocktail.
Frequently asked questions
Carajillo, the best after dinner Mexican coffee cocktail
- 1 glass
- 2 oz espresso coffee
- 2 oz Licor 43
- Prepare the coffee, espresso or very strong coffee, set aside. Fill a coctail glass with big ice cubes and add the licor 43. Give it a stir with a spoon and then place the spoon backwards and pour the espresso coffee over it.
Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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