How to Make a Carajillo, the Coffee Cocktail That’s Better Than Your Espresso Martini

The Carajillo has changed. The drink, like so many of us, had to leave home to find itself. The Carajillo was invented in Spain, where traditionally, it has been on the day shift. A working-class Spaniard—because of a hangover or a hard day ahead or just for the sheer hell of it—would spike their morning coffee with a nip of brandy or rum. This was the original Carajillo (or “Cremaet”), and what that word will get you in Spain is hot, boozy, usually unsweetened and unfussy.

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