A carajillo is a Spanish drink that combines coffee with brandy or rum. It is thought to date back to the Spanish occupation of Cuba in the 16th Century when conquistadors combined coffee with rum to give them courage before going into battle – the Spanish word for courage is “coraje”.

There are a number of ways to make a carajillo. The simplest way is to pour brandy or rum into a cup of black coffee. Another popular variation is to heat the spirit with lemon, sugar and cinnamon and then add the coffee.

Either way, it is a very pleasant drink!

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