Carajillo (Colombia Hot Drink)

by Erica Dinho on April 18, 2012

We Colombians love our coffee and I find it hard to start the day without a hot cup of black coffee in the morning. Carajillo is a simple coffee-based hot drink originally from Spain, but very popular in Colombia. It is usually made with brandy or rum and served in a small shot cup. Although I don’t start my day with this sort of coffee drink :-) it is the perfect ending to any meal!

Buen provecho!



(4 to 6 servings)

  • 3 cups of fresh brewed dark roast coffee
  • Sugar, to your taste
  • Brandy or rum to your taste


  1. Place sugar in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of an espresso or shot cup with a dampened paper towel, then dip in sugar.
  2. Add the sugar and rum to the hot coffee. Fill the cup with Carajillo. and serve immediately.
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joan Nova April 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I haven’t had carajillo in a long time but I fondly remember a period where I always ended dinner in a Spanish restaurant with carajillo served with Spanish brandy.


2 Belinda @zomppa April 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Start your day with rum? Not a bad way to start…all things must be great after this!


3 Heather @girlichef April 18, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Ha ha ha…I was thinking this was a great way to start some days ;) I think I’ll try this soon.


4 Erica April 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Ha ha ha :)


5 Velva April 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I think I would feel lost without my coffee in the morning too. I would certainly enjoy a coffee drink like this one in the evening.Yum.



6 Kim April 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I’m with Heather…I’m thinking some days I really need alcohol for breakfast! Looks great for anytime of day.


7 Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian April 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

This drink looks fantastic! Like a dessert coffee maybe? YUM!


8 Chris April 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Actually it sounds like a perfect way to start a Monday, now that you mention it.


9 Britney April 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I made this drink for a dinner party on Sunday and it was so easy and perfect to end the wonderful and filling meal. thank you. I used brandy.


10 Erica April 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Thank you everyone for your comments and feedback!


11 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! April 28, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I have not had this in so long…also with Spanish brandy…


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