I did not even know today is National Coffee Day when I made a quick little video on how to make Spanish Coffee this morning! All the more reason to read on and make yourself a quick cuppa before the day is done!

What is Spanish Coffee?

Spanish Coffee is basically coffee + liqueur + cream. Sounds like camping coffee to me, but we can go ahead and call it “Spanish” since that’s how you’ll find it in Google. I have no idea why it’s called Spanish, though. I don’t think people in Spain necessarily drink coffee like this. I suspect it happened when someone wanted to make their morning treat sound fancy!

How to Make Spanish Coffee by The Spirited Thrifter
So yummy! The slight orange-y flavour is delightful!

What is in Spanish Coffee?

You can use espresso or any coffee you like as your base for this breakfast bevvie. I used Starbucks Via since that’s what I drink on the regular. I’m the only coffee drinker in my house and though I have a French press, I’m usually too lazy to use it. I used half and half cream but you could also use fat free,18% coffee cream, or heavy cream. For the liqueurs, most recipes for Spanish Coffee call for some combination of the following three:

Use what you have and experiment with quantities. I can’t imagine any of the combinations would taste bad but I’m willing to experiment over the next several Saturdays to be sure! 😉

How to Make Spanish Coffee by The Spirited Thrifter
All the fixings for Spanish Coffee! (looks more complicated than it actually is!)

How do you make Spanish Coffee?

  1. Rub a lemon wedge along the rim of your cup or glass then dip in sugar.
  2. Fill cup about half way with coffee.
  3. Add the liqueur {choose one from each category above} for a total of about 2 ounces. I used an ounce of Amaretto, 1/2 ounce of Kahlua, 1/4 ounce each of spiced rum and brandy.
  4. Add an ounce of cream.
  5. Fill the cup with boiling water or more brewed coffee.
  6. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg.

That’s it! This is a warm, soothing, delicious beverage to have on a relaxed weekend morning or after dinner – though you might want to switch to decaf then!

Hope you try it and when you do, hope you enjoy it!

xoxo Nicole

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  1. Spanish Coffee has been a favorite of mine since I discovered it on vacation last year. The hotel where we stayed served it. Now I make it at home. I make mine with coffee, cream, brandy and Kahlua. I never thought of adding Cointreau, Triple Sec or Amaretto, I will have to give that a try this weekend. For me, it doesn’t matter if I use decaf or regular. The alcohol counteracts the caffeine and it knocks me out for the night. Delish drink.