Festive Drink Series: Canelazo

It’s cinnamon season! And we have the perfect soul-warming drink for the holidays: Ecuadorian-born “Canelazo”— stemming from the Spanish word for cinnamon, “Canela”.

The origins of Canelazo are rumored to be from Ecuador, after traveling Europeans introduced the spice cinnamon to Latin America- which was introduced to them through Silk Road imports from India and Sri Lanka! Now, cinnamon is less of a rarity and can be organically grown in Latin America– so you can find this warm drink being enjoyed all over the region.

Cozy-up to this cinnamon-infused treat with this delicious recipe, which can be enjoyed with or without booze!


  • 6 Cups Water
  • 8 Sticks Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup of Grated Panela
  • 1-2oz. Aguardiente (Can be replaced with Black Tea, Ounces determined upon strength preference.)
  • Optional Fruit Juice like Naranjilla, Lemon, Orange, or Passion Fruit


  • Mix all the ingredients in a medium-sized pot (Except to Aguardiente/Tea and Fruit juice.)
  • Bring to a boil. (While waiting, the black tea can be prepared separately.)
  • Reduce heat, simmer over low for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add the Aguardiente/Tea and fruit juice (if desired.)


Source & Image: https://www.196flavors.com/ecuador-canelazo/

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