Canelazo (Spiced Cinnamon Rum Drink)

Canelazo (Spiced Cinnamon Rum Drink)
Canelazo (Spiced Cinnamon Rum Drink)

This Canelazo recipe is the hot and comforting answer to cold nights and heavy rainfall in the highlands of Colombia. The drink is particularly popular at Christmas and is sometimes made with cloves or with fruit juice to vary the flavor.

Canelazo (Spiced Cinnamon Rum Drink)

David Taylor
You might be thinking the ingredients sound a lot like a hot toddy, and you would be right. It's a hot toddy with a Columbian twist.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Colombian
Servings 4 drinks
Calories 384 kcal


  • 3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 4 to 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 4 ounces aguardiente or rum to taste


  • Bring the water, both kinds of sugar, lime juice, salt, cloves, and cinnamon sticks to a boil.
  • Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the orange juice, aguardiente or rum, to taste.
  • Reheat without boiling. If it boils, the alcohol will boil away.
  • Strain and serve hot.


Rum makes a great substitute if you can’t find Aguardiente
Keyword Aguardiente, Canelazo, Rum


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