Carajillo (Colombia Hot Drink)

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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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  1. says

    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. says

    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.


  3. Britney says

    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.


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