Gibraltar Recipe

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What is a Gibraltar?

The Gibraltar is a lesser-known yet beloved coffee drink that has gained popularity among coffee enthusiasts, especially in certain coffee shop circles. Named after the Gibraltar glassware it is typically served in, this coffee beverage is a modern take on the classic cortado, offering a rich and bold coffee experience with a touch of milk.

How to Make a Gibraltar:

Creating a Gibraltar at home involves a straightforward process that requires precise measurements to achieve the ideal coffee-to-milk ratio. Here's how to prepare a delightful Gibraltar:


  • Freshly roasted coffee beans (specifically labeled for espresso)
  • Hot water
  • Milk (whole milk or your preferred milk alternative)


  1. Grind the coffee beans to a fine consistency, specifically calibrated for espresso brewing.
  2. Boil water to the desired temperature, typically between 195°F to 205°F (90°C to 96°C).
  3. Preheat your espresso cups to ensure the coffee stays warm.
  4. Prepare a shot of hot and freshly brewed espresso using an espresso machine.
  5. In a separate container, heat the desired amount of milk until it is hot but not boiling. For a traditional Gibraltar, aim for a ratio of 1:1 coffee to milk, but you can adjust it based on your preference.
  6. Pour the steamed milk into the espresso shot, aiming for a well-proportioned balance between coffee and milk.
  7. Sip and savor the delightful flavor and texture of the Gibraltar, where the boldness of espresso melds harmoniously with the creaminess of steamed milk.

The Gibraltar offers a bold coffee experience with a smooth and balanced milk touch, making it a delightful choice for those who appreciate a coffee drink that is strong yet not overwhelmed by milk. Its unique presentation in the Gibraltar glassware adds to its charm and appeal.