26 Delicious Carajillo Recipes To Try Today

Carajillo is a combination of coffee and alcohol and is known for its unique taste with a full bodied flavor. It is often used as an after dinner drink using hot coffee as the base. 

Carajillo is slowly becoming popular around the globe, but Spain is the place where it originated.

In the beginning, Carajillo was only drunk during the morning hours, but nowadays it can also be enjoyed throughout the day.

26 Delicious Carajillo Recipes To Try Today

They made the drink by pairing a shot of espresso with either brandy or anise liqueur. And this robust and energizing drink acts as a wake up call that makes you feel energized, alert, and active!

Coffee and rum became the most popular pairing for Carajillo, the Cuban plantation workers’ favorite. The drink was brought back to Cuba, where it was adopted by the upper class.

Today, carajillo is served at parties, weddings, and other special occasions. They are usually served in small glasses filled with ice cubes.

There are many recipes that use carajillo , and here we have shared some of our favorites:

1. Carajillo With Cinnamon

To make a Carajillo with cinnamon use a blender to blend together milk, condensed milk, half-and-half, Kahlua, coffee, and whipped cream. Add some cinnamon and serve up a delicious treat.

2. Pumpkin Spice Carajillo

This recipe is a rich pumpkin spice carajillo that features Bailey’s Irish Cream along with a hint of espresso ground rum.

28 Delicious Carajillo Recipes To Try Today

3. Mexican Chocolate Carajillo

This recipe is simple. Take cacao nibs, cocoa butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Heat up the ingredients together over low heat, stirring constantly.

When everything melts together, add water and let cool down. Then you’ll have a solid bar of chocolate.

4. Carajillo By Que Rica Vida

This version of Carajillo. includes rum, sugar cane syrup, and coconut milk. It is easy to make, and it makes a great dessert for parties. Enjoy!

5. Carajillo Cocktail 1

In Mexico, Carajo cocktails are often enjoyed as a post-dinner drink. If you want a taste of Carajillo, try this recipe.

This recipe uses espresso and Cointreau served over ice in a wine glass, so it tastes just like Carajillo that you’d get in a bar.

6. Carajilo Cocktail 2

The best thing about this cocktail is that it takes just 2 ingredients (3 if you count ice), is ready in less than 5 minutes, and uses just 3 simple steps. There’s no muddling, straining, or shaking required.

7. Carajillo Cocktail 3

This cocktail takes it up a notch, so we added caramelized sugar and spices to give it a little extra kick.

And since you don’t want to wait around while your drink infuses, we’ve got a quick trick to speed things up. Try this simple method to add flavor and aroma to your favorite spirits.

8. Carajillo Cocktail 4

The Carajillo cocktail is named after a town in Mexico where it originated. This drink is perfect for people who like strong flavors.

If you are having trouble sleeping and want something that will help you fall asleep faster, try adding some CBD oil to this recipe.

9. Carajillo Epoca

This recipe calls for some special ingredients, such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla extract. These are added to the sugar syrup and honey mixture.

Then, the mix is poured into a glass bottle, sealed and left to rest overnight.

The next day, the liquid turns dark brown. When opened, the aroma is intoxicating. The taste is sweet, spicy and fruity.

10. Spanish Carajilo

The brown sugar gives the coffee a caramelized flavor. This makes it a great addition to your morning cup of joe. You can use regular white sugar too, but you might want to add some cinnamon to give the coffee a little kick.

Lemon zest adds a citrusy note to the coffee. And finally, the cardamom helps bring out the flavors in the coffee.

11. Carajillo Frappuccino

The base of the drink is a vanilla bean ice cream that is frozen into a block. Then, we add chocolate syrup, milk, whipped cream, and Carajillo Coffee.

After everything gets mixed together, we pour it into a tall glass and finish it off with some caramel sauce.

12. Carajillo Ice Cream

If you are a Carajillo lover, you will absolutely love this recipe. It’s sweet, creamy, and rich, and it doesn’t require a ton of effort to put together.

Just whip some vanilla bean ice cream, add a few drops of cinnamon, and throw everything into a blender. Blend away, and voila! Your very own Carajillo ice cream.

13. Carajillo Con Leche

Carajillo con leche condensada is one of my favorite Mexican desserts because it’s so simple and flavorful. It’s basically condensed milk mixed with cinnamon and sugar.

When you make it yourself, you can control everything about how sweet it tastes. You can add more or less sugar depending on what you think will work best for your particular palate.

The recipe itself is very straightforward. All you do is mix together condensed milk, water, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

Then, cook it over low heat for 15 minutes to thicken up the mixture. Once it’s done cooking, pour it into mugs and enjoy.

14. Flaming Spanish Coffee

This recipe is very similar to the one above, except that it uses dark rum rather than white rum.

This makes it even better because it gives the drink a deeper flavor. If you don’t like alcohol, feel free to use regular coffee.

15. Bourbon Carajillo

The classic version of Carajillos calls for rum, sugar, cinnamon, and orange juice. This recipe also adds whiskey to the mix.

To make it, you’ll need pineapple syrup, amari, bourbon, Licor43, and hot espresso. You can serve it neat or add a few drops of bitters to give it a little extra kick.

16. “Carajillo Quemado” Ice Cream, Vegan

To make this ice cream, you’ll need a sugar thermometer, an ice-cream maker, and a blender. Serve this with Jaffa cakes for a party-perfect dessert.

17. Carajillo Valenciano

A flambéed version of the classic hot Cuban drink, this Carajillo Recipe uses the same ingredients as the original, but adds a few twists to make it even better.

28 Delicious Carajillo Recipes To Try Today

18. Carajillo de Coco

Coconut rum is added to the traditional Carajillo recipe to create this tropical variation. A delicious treat.

19. Carajillo 43

The Carajillo 43 is a delicious blend of Colombian coffee beans roasted to perfection.

This medium roast is carefully selected for its complex flavors and aroma. Its delicate sweetness and smooth body make it perfect for espresso drinks.

20. Carajillo Creme Brulee

Brulees are caramelized sugar cubes that have been dipped in chocolate.

They’re then placed under the broiler until they turn golden brown. In this recipe, the result is a decadent dessert that’s sure to impress.

21. Carajillo Flan

Flan is a Spanish custard dish made from eggs, milk, and sugar cooked slowly until thickened.

This Carajillo recipe takes the classic flan and turns it into a dessert that’s perfect for boozy breakfast.

22. Carajillo Mousse

Mousse is a French dessert that consists of whipped egg whites and gelatin. This Carajillo Recipe combines these two ingredients to create a light and fluffy dessert.

23. Carajillo Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a type of Italian dessert that’s usually made with cream and gelatin. This Carajo Recipe substitutes panna cotta with a creamy pudding made out of sweet condensed milk.

24. Carajillo Truffle

Truffles are small pieces of chocolate that are shaped into balls. These truffles are coated in cocoa powder and covered in powdered sugar. The result is a tasty treat that’s perfect for any occasion.

25. Carajillo Impossible  Cake

The flavor of this impossibly delicious cake recipe with caramelized muscovado sugar is ideal and perfect for every special occasion, it will make everyone smile!

Besides being a simple recipe and easy to prepare, its golden brown color and sweet taste will be perfect thanks to Caramel™ Muscovado Sugar (Domino).

26. Carajillo Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe for chocolate chip cookies is so easy to make, you won’t believe how good they are. The addition of carajillo makes them a special treat to share with friends. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does Carajillo Taste Like?

Carajillo is a strong, dark, robust coffee with a rich, full-bodied flavor. It has notes of chocolate and citrus.

How Do I Use Carajillo?

Carajillo can be used in place of regular coffee in your favorite recipes. Use 1 tablespoon of carajillo per cup of water. For best results, use freshly ground beans.

Where Can I Buy Carajillo?

You can find carajillo at most grocery stores or specialty coffee shops. You can also order online through Amazon.com.

Can I Substitute Carajillo For Regular Coffee?

Yes, you can use carajillo instead of regular coffee in all of your favorite recipes. Just remember to reduce the amount of coffee by one half.

Where Can I Get More Information About Carajillo?

For more information on carajillo, visit www.carajillocoffee.com.


Carajillo can be enjoyed as an everyday drink or a special treat. It’s a great alternative to other coffees because it offers a unique flavor profile. Try out some of our recipes today.

28 Delicious Carajillo Recipes To Try Today

28 Delicious Carajillo Recipes To Try Today

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Love coffee and alcohol? Look no further. Discover unusual ways to use carajillo that are delicious and unique with a variety of flavous and spices.

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