A Carajillo is a common coffee drink in Spain that is combined with brandy or rum. It is believed to have originated in Cuba during the Spanish occupation when troops combined coffee with Cuban rum. This is a nice coffee drink after a meal. Some places simply add the liquor to the coffee, but a traditional Carajillo has the brandy or rum heated before combining to the coffee.



  • 1 cup of long espresso or strong coffee.
  • Lemon peel
  • 2 ounces of rum or brandy.
  • (optional) sugar to taste




  1. Make a cup long espresso or strong coffee.
  2. Using a wide-necked coffee glass, pour the liquor and lemon peel into the glass.
  3. Light the alcohol on fire.
  4. After about 15 seconds, add the coffee to put out the fire. Let stand for about 2 minutes.
  5. (Optional) add sugar to taste. 

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  • Some people like to add a small amount of toasted grains of coffee into the mixture prior to lighting and then filtering out the coffee.
  • Add a touch of cinnamon to top for decoration.

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