What is Barraquito?

Are you looking to sit down for a coffee after a long day of exploring Tenerife? Then we advise you to order a Barraquito – the best local coffee in Tenerife, also known as “Zaperoco”. Barraquito is a multi-layered coffee and consists of espresso, frothed milk, condensed milk and a touch of Licor 43 which is Spain’s number 1 liqueur.

Barraquito video

Where to order a Barraquito

You can order the Barraquito in almost every restaurant in Tenerife and it’s often served as a dessert after a meal. If you want to make sure the waiter understands you, watch this short video that explains how to pronounce Barraquito. If you want to know how to make Barraquito at home, check out the Barraquito recipe below.

Barraquito Recipe

To make the perfect Barraquito, you need:

  • 1 cup of espresso.
  • ~1 tbsp. condensed milk.
  • Licor 43 or Tia María.
  • Frothed milk.
  • Lemon zest.
  • Milled cinnamon.

How to prepare Barraquito?

Time needed: 5 minutes.

  1. First, pour the condensed milk on the bottom of a glass.
  2. Add the Licor 43 or Tia María.
  3. Add the espresso.
  4. Gently add the frothy milk on top of the coffee. This is the correct order to achieve all 5 layers.
  5. The final step is to decorate the Barraquito with some lemon zest and a bit of cinnamon.

    You can always adapt the Barraquito recipe to your own taste, enjoy!

    2 Barraquito coffees on a table

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  1. I always order this, after dinner when I am in Tenerife really delicious! hopefully I can enjoy it again in December. The Baraquitos in Tenerife taste the best!

  2. I just want to thank Club Canary for introducing me to the delightful world of the ‘barraquito’! I discovered their article before my trip to Tenerife, and I have to admit, I had never heard of this fascinating drink before. The way they described its unique layers and the local tradition behind it intrigued me right away.

    When I finally arrived in Tenerife, the first thing I did was head straight to a cosy terrace and order a barraquito. And it was absolutely delightful! The perfect combination of flavours, with the sweet condensed milk, the aromatic coffee, and the lemon zest and spices – it was an experience I won’t forget.

    Thank you, Club Canary, for sharing the recipe and introducing me to the barraquito! Now that I’m back home, I can’t wait to recreate this wonderful drink and share it with my friends and family. It’s a little piece of Tenerife that I can savour anytime I want. Your article truly added an extra layer of joy to my vacation, and I’m grateful for that. Keep up the fantastic work in promoting the beauty and culture of the Canary Islands!


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