The Carajillo with Licor 43: The Perfect Cocktail Recipe

February 6, 2024

In the world of coffee and spirits, few drinks manage to create a harmony as delightful as the Carajillo made with Licor 43. This Spanish specialty, which combines the robust flavors of coffee with the unique sweetness of Licor 43, has gained international acclaim. But what makes this particular combination a beacon of perfection? Let’s delve into the intricacies of this elegant and comforting beverage.

The History and Origins

The Carajillo has its roots in Spanish history, often linked to the colonial era when soldiers would mix coffee with rum to gain courage (‘coraje’ in Spanish, hence the name ‘Carajillo’). Over time, this practice evolved into a sophisticated art, especially with the introduction of Licor 43, a sweet liqueur made from 43 different ingredients, including Mediterranean citrus fruits and selected botanicals.

Licor 43: The Star Ingredient

Licor 43 is what sets this Carajillo apart. Originating from Cartagena, Spain, this golden liqueur offers a complex, yet harmonious flavor profile. Its sweet vanilla and citrus notes perfectly complement the bitterness of coffee, creating a drink that is both invigorating and soothing. Each sip reveals layers of flavors, from the initial sweetness to the lingering warm coffee aftertaste.

Sensory Experience

Drinking a Carajillo with Licor 43 is a sensory journey. The aroma entices with hints of vanilla and citrus, while the first taste is a delightful interplay between the boldness of espresso and the sweet, complex flavors of the liqueur. The warmth of the drink makes it particularly appealing in colder months, offering comfort and sophistication in a single glass.


  • 50 ml Licor 43 Original (1 part / 1¾oz)
  • 1 hot espresso coffee
  • Ice cubes


  • Half fill your glass with ice cubes and pour Licor 43 over the top.
  • Serve alongside the cup of hot espresso and, before drinking, pour the coffee over the liqueur and stir.

Licor 43 Original glass

Bitter · Coffee · Sweet

After meal · Relax

Watch how to make the Carajillo 43 with Chef Miguel Maestre

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