Canelazo (Sugar Cane and Cinnamon Hot Drink)

by Erica Dinho on June 24, 2010


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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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Miriam/The Winter Guest June 24, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Oh, me encanta el nombre, jaja.


2 Simply Life June 24, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Oooh I’ve never had anything like that- I bet it’s great!


3 Ivy June 24, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Sounds very interesting.


4 Lyndsey June 24, 2010 at 6:03 PM

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!


5 sanyukta gour June 24, 2010 at 8:12 PM

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


6 Jeannie June 24, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Looks like a great drink!


7 Francijoe June 24, 2010 at 9:29 PM

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….?


8 Erica June 24, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Francijoe-If you have more 5!!!Drunk ;-)


9 Anh June 24, 2010 at 9:50 PM

This is new to me! I’ve been used to sugar cane, au naturel. This looks great!


10 rebecca subbiah June 24, 2010 at 10:51 PM

oh this looks great man your country has such cool food and drinks


11 Mari's Cakes June 24, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Erica this looks interesting…I would love to taste it. Love the picture.

Un saludo : )


12 Kim June 24, 2010 at 11:31 PM

I love those cute little cups, Erica! I bet this drink is sweet and slightly spicy from the cinnamon. Looks very tasty.


13 Joy June 24, 2010 at 11:38 PM

How gorgeous! Beautiful, delicious and refreshing! What more could you ask of a drink!


14 Ruth June 25, 2010 at 12:32 AM

This sounds like the perfect drink for me! Love the cinnamon!


15 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 25, 2010 at 5:30 AM

That’s different! I’ve heard of Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon, but never a straight cinnamon drink. I bet it’s tasty as can be. :)



16 grace June 25, 2010 at 5:53 AM

even though the temperature is almost in triple digits here, i’d drink this hot beverage with gusto!


17 Erica June 25, 2010 at 8:07 AM

Thank you so much guys!


18 norma June 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

You got me at the aguardiente. Love the stuff!


19 Lori June 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM

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.


20 Oysterculture June 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Oh, this drink sounds so good! I cannot wait to make it, love all the spiciness. Plus any drink called fire water deserves attention.


21 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen June 26, 2010 at 5:19 PM

This sounds so good, especially to a cinnamon lover like me!


22 Tracey@TangledNoodle June 28, 2010 at 8:43 AM

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 . . . 8-)


23 tasteofbeirut June 30, 2010 at 2:55 AM

A new drink I would love to try; anise-flavored drink are right up my alley!


24 Rajesh September 6, 2011 at 1:12 PM

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 !


25 heidileon August 23, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Uy, suena delicioso. Que bien me caería un canelazo ahorita que ando agripada, seguro que me curaba pero ya!


26 Fact Checker December 5, 2012 at 6:49 PM

What?? Canelazo is a traditional spiced hot drink from the highlands in Ecuador.


27 Erica December 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM



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