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Spanish Coffee Cocktail Recipe

Jan 12, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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This popular cocktail is popularly known as “Carajillo” in Spain, which could either loosely translate to the phrase “now, I’m leaving in a hurry” because it is an order that would satisfy both your coffee needs and your booze cravings without wasting any time.

Is there anything better than a steaming hot cup of delicious coffee on a chilly day? Yes there is – Spanish Coffee, which has liqueur added to give you the extra kick. If you’re after a drink that’ll warm you to your toes and take the chill off, and if you also happen to be a fan of that scintillating bitter taste of coffee, then Spanish Coffee is made for you.

Although the recipe of this hot cocktail makes it hard to make and drink every day, when you do make it, it is definitely worth your while. It was created in a place that celebrates more festivals than there are days in the year - Spain, of course. In Spain, this cocktail is served with a whole lot of fanfare. When classically prepared, making this drink generally involves torching rum in a glass rimmed with sugar to caramelize the sugar.

Spanish Coffee has a lot of variations around the world, with everyone adding their own favourite liqueurs and altering the sweetness of the drink. However this cocktail can still easily be found in most bars worldwide because it is among the most globally popular and favourite unions of alcohol and coffee.

Here is a recipe for this delicious and fiery cocktail.


  • 30 ml Rum
  • 15 ml Grand Marnier
  • 30 ml House Spirits Series Coffee Liqueur
  • 5 ml brown sugar syrup (1:1, brown sugar: water)
  • 120 ml coffee, freshly brewed
  • 120 ml heavy cream
  • 5 ml Grand Marnier


  1. Rim the edges of a tempered mug with sugar by rubbing the outside lip with an orange slice and pressing into a plate of sugar.
  2. Add Rum and Grand Marnier to the mug
  3. Use a long lit match to touch the rum and let burn for a few seconds
  4. Pour the rest of the contents into the tempered mug to extinguish the flame
  5. Stir to mix
  6. Holding a slotted spoon closely above the drink surface, pour a dash of cream through it to float atop.


  • Tempered mug
  • Fine white sugar
  • Orange wedge to coat rim
  • Long match
  • Slotted spoon


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Photo of Danny Mahoney

Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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