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Ecuadorian Canelazo | World Kitchen

Cinnamon tea to warm you up this fall!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Ecuadorian
Servings 10 servings


  • 6 cups water
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/4 cup Panela sugar. or brown sugar
  • 1 medium orange, thinly sliced
  • Aguardiente to taste, Substitute white rum if you cannot find Aguardiente


  • Mix all the ingredients in a medium sized pot (except the Aquardiente) and bring to a boil.
  • Let boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 30-40 minutes. The liquid should have a noticeable cinnamon flavor.
  • If time is an issue, simply boil it for 10-15 minutes. It will taste better if you allow it to simmer for longer but this will do for a quick recipe.
  • To serve, add a shot of aguardiente to each glass. Pour the Canelazo liquid into each mug and enjoy. It may also be enjoyed as a non-alcoholic beverage by simply omitting the alcohol.


***Notes on Aguardiente Servings
1 oz of aguardiente to each glass = a light serving
1.5 oz of aguardiente to each glass = a medium-strong serving
2 oz of aguardiente to each glass = a strong serving
Keyword Tea