On one night of our trip to Valle de Guadalupe last year, Joe and I spent a liiiiittle too long at dinner one night. We were taking in the atmosphere at this great restaurant, Finca Altozano, all the while drinking way more wine on top of how much we drank earlier that day at the wineries! We sat belly up to a bar overlooking the whole restaurant and doing more than our fair share of people watching. When we saw a table full of Mexican locals order this amazing looking coffee cocktail at the end of dinner, we immediately summoned our waiter. We had to get whatever that delicious concoction was!
It turned out, that cocktail was dubbed the Carajillo. It was a delicious blend of French Press coffee, ice, and 43 liqueur (a citrusy, vanilla liqueur from Spain). Ok, so the waiter also let us know that this drink is actually native to Spain, but there is a Mexican version that includes ice, which is the one I’ll be showing you how to make!
With only three ingredients, this guy is soooo easy to make and perfect for a refreshing spring after dinner beverage!
French Press Ingredients:
- 6 tsp ground coffee (If you’re drinking this as a post-dinner beverage, you might consider a decaf option!)
- 3 cups hot (not boiling) water
French Press Directions:
- Place the pot on a flat surface and pull out the plunger
- Add ground coffee to the pot
- Pour hot (not quite boiling) water in the pot
- Gently stir
- Reinsert the lid on the pot, with plunger resting above water and coffee mix. Do not plunge yet.
- Let coffee stand for 5-7 minutes to brew
- Press the plunger down slowly
- 2 shots 43 Liqueur (1 per glass)
- Ice cubes
- Fill your glasses (we used mason jars) with a handful of ice
- Pour 1 shot of 43 Liqueur in each glass. The liqueur is very flavorful, so 1 shot should be enough!
- Pour fully brewed French Press coffee on top
- Include straw and enjoy!
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