Carajillo Cocktail

A Mexican After-Dinner Coffee Drink

A Carajillo is an easy to prepare Mexican cocktail served as an after-dinner digestif or as a dessert course.

Espresso and Licor 43, a sweet Spanish liqueur are served over ice to get a nice layered effect.

A carajillo is a perfect drink to serve on a slow, relaxing, warm evening.

Carajillo Mexican Cocktail in Glass

Licor 43 is made with a secret blend of citrus and fruit juices, vanilla, and aromatic herbs and spices. It has a well-rounded, sweet flavor that lingers. It is a slow-sipping liqueur.

Traditionally, this coffee cocktail is made with espresso but you can substitute some very strong coffee and get acceptable results.

How to Make

You only need two ingredients. Preparation couldn’t be simpler.


  • Espresso or very strong coffee
  • Licor 43, a sweet Spanish liqueur
  • Ice

If you can’t find Licor 43 at your local market or wine store, it’s readily available online.


  • 8-ounce rocks or wine glasses
Ingredients to make a Mexican Carajillo cocktail.

Prepare your espresso or strong coffee, then measure out 2 ozs. Let cool for a few minutes.

2 Ounces of Espresso in Small Glass Cup

Measure out 2 ozs. of Licor 43.

Licor 43 in Small Glass Cup

Add 4 ice cubes to your rocks glass and add the Licor 43.

Pouring Licor 43 into Glass

Slowly pour the espresso over the ice. The coffee will float on top of the Liqueur.

Pouring Espresso to Cocktail Glass

If you pour the espresso slowly, it will float on top of the liqueur which makes for a sharp looking drink. Serve immediately.

Mexican Carajillo Cocktail Closeup

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Glass of Carajillo Cocktail
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Carajillo Cocktail

The Carajillo is a popular coffee based after-dinner drink served in Mexico prepared with Licor 43, a sweet aromatic Spanish liqueur.
Course Drink
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Carjillo Cocktail, Mexican Cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 180kcal
Author Andrés Carnalla


  • espresso maker or stovetop espresso pot
  • 8 ounce rocks glasses


  • 2 ozs. espresso coffee
  • 2 ozs. Licor 43
  • 4-6 ice cubes


  • Chill the glasses in the freeze for 15 minutes before preparing.
  • While your glasses are chilling, prepare your espresso and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Place 4 ices cubes in each glass, then add the Licor 43, then slowly pour the coffee over the ice.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Pour the coffee very slowly and it will float on top of the liqueur which makes the drink look really sharp.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 65mg | Sugar: 18g

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2 comments… add one
  • john doe

    Carajillos are Spanish not Mexican.

    • Juan Doe

      Not Mexican, but thanks for participating.

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