Ecuadorian Canelazo | World Kitchen
Cinnamon tea to warm you up this fall!
- 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