Café Asiático

Café Asiático is a traditional coffee beverage that originated in the coastal town of Cartagena, Spain, in the early 20th century. The exact origin of the drink is not known, but it is believed to have been created by local fishermen who added brandy to their coffee to help them stay warm during long, cold nights at sea.

Over time, the recipe for Café Asiático evolved to include other ingredients, such as cinnamon, lemon peel, and condensed milk. The drink became popular among the local population and eventually spread to other parts of Spain.

Today, Café Asiático is considered a specialty coffee beverage and is often served in restaurants and cafes in the Murcia region of Spain. It is typically made with espresso, condensed milk, a splash of brandy, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and lemon peel on top. The drink is usually served in a glass cup or mug, and is often accompanied by a small sweet pastry or biscuit.

Café Asiático has become an important part of the cultural heritage of the Cartagena region and is celebrated each year with a festival known as the Fiesta del Café Asiático. During the festival, local coffee shops and restaurants showcase their unique versions of the drink, and visitors can participate in tastings, workshops, and other coffee-related events.

cafe Asiatico ingredients

Café Asiático

Yield: 1 serving


  • 20 ml Licor 43
  • 20 ml Spanish Brandy
  • 45 ml good quality espresso coffee
  • 60 ml condensed milk
  • evaporated milk
  • garnish 2 coffee beans, powdered cinnamon and lemon rind


    Brew the coffee using an Italian-style coffee maker (like a Bialetti) so that the purity and results are much better. If not, use another type of coffee maker. Set aside.

    Pour the condensed milk into the bottom of the special Asiático glass.

    Add the Brandy.

    Next, slowly pour Licor 43 into the glass.

    Now, add the espresso coffee to top the drink. Depending on the glass it may be more than 45ml.

    Pour just enough evaporated milk to cover the coffee.

    Garnish the Café Asiático with a dusting of cinnamon, a lemon twist and two coffee beans.



To make Café Asiático, you will need a special type of glass, one that is narrow at the bottom and wide on the top. You can buy a special clear glass with thick sides that is used in a traditional asiático. The glass has special markings on it that indicate how much of the different liquids should be used.

TIP: Use the back of a teaspoon when layering each ingredient. This will help you achieve the layers. 

Authentic glasses are available at the Café Asiático shop.

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