Canelazo (Sugar Cane and Cinnamon Hot Drink)

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Canelazo is a popular and strong Colombian drink that is a perfect end to any meal. It’s made from agua de panela, cinnamon and aguardiente, an anise flavored liquor  which translates to “fire water” in English and lime juice. Enjoy this cocktail at your next party!



(About 6-8 servings)


  1. Place the aguapanela, aguardiente, cinnamon and lime juice in a medium-low pot over medium heat. Simmer for about 7 minutes. Don’t let it boil.
  2. To serve: place the sugar in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a espresso cup with a dampened paper towel, then dip in sugar.
  3. Fill the cup with canelazo. Serve immediately.
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  1. says

    Ha! This is great! I just picked up some cane sugar actually piloncillo cane sugar. I used it on my French toast with Sambuca this morning. I’ll be trying this!

  2. sanyukta gour says

    ahhhhhhhhh…dear hot drink but looks so bful n refreshing to the those cute cups…

  3. Francijoe says

    That sounds like a great drink to have during Christmas…aguardiente is a hard drink. Now I cant wait till the Feria de Cali….. How will it make you feel….?

  4. says

    Oh, I would love this. I usually don’t like sugar cane juice alone, but when it is spiced up it is so much more tasty for me.

  5. says

    I could drink sugar cane juice all day long – its sweetness is more satisfying but not as cloying as sodas and such. I have never tried aguardiente and I know my husband, who loves to try new spirits, would be very intrigued. This drink would be just the thing to sip leisurely while you’re gathered with others, just chatting . . . 😎

  6. Rajesh says

    I love this drink .. !! I was at Monsarate in Bogota and there I tried this drink first time and I am such a fan of canelazo drink ever since.. Actually I just made some this morning..
    With Necter Aguardiente.. And it was blissful to say the least..
    Thanks Erika !


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