Spanish Coffee (Carajillo) Recipe

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: carajillo
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 88 kcal

The Spanish coffee originated as a war-time drink, combining rum and coffee to give the troops courage (coraje). It's been adopted and modified for the American tastes to include a coffee liqueur and whipped cream.



  • 1/2 oz Coffee Liqueur eg. Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz Rum
  • 6 oz Coffee hot brewed
  • Whipped cream optional
  • 1 Cherry

How to Make

  1. Combine coffee liqueuer and rum into glass

  2. Pour coffee into glass, stirring with a spoon

  3. Optionally: use a spoon to top with whipped cream, maintaining separation of ingredients. 

  4. Add cherry.

Recipe Notes

This Spanish Coffee recipe combines the best of coffee and alcohol into a pleasant after-dinner drink. The sweet liqueur and whipped cream means that typically sugar isn't needed.

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Coffee (Carajillo) Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88
% Daily Value*
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 83mg2%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 7g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.