Barraquito

The Coffee of Tenerife

The Barraquito as a coffee cocktail unique to the canary islands, Tenerife being it’s universal capital

The drink brings layers of sweetness and alcohol over the traditional and is best enjoyed after food as a replacement over dessert, but can also be consumed any other time which will perhaps probably inevitably happen once you’ve tasted it.

There are many slight variations of Barraquito depending on where you go and how well equipped they are to make it, but don’t worry! You’ll be able to get one pretty much anywhere that serves drinks on the island. Typically you will receive the drink presented in a glass directly without mixing, showing its very well distinguishable layers.

Traditionally a Barraquito is composed of the following ingredients: Condensed milk followed by licor 43 (a Spanish liquor made from citrus and fruit juices and flavoured with vanilla and other aromatic herbs and spices, for a total 43 different ingredients) The coffee comes next (typically espresso) And then topped with a frothy milk. Usually the drink is then decorated with a sprinkle of cinnamon and lemon peel, but can vary as many places like to put their own twist on it, just ask for a ‘house special Barraquito’ you wont be disappointed.

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