Canelazo - Spiced Cinnamon Rum Drink

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Canelazo is a drink that will warm you up on a cold night high in the Ecuadorian mountains. It's made from brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves, orange and lime juice, and the fiery concoction known as aguardiente (or "fire water"). Aguardiente is a broad term for high alcohol content beverages distilled from different things. The kind they enjoy in South America is made from cane sugar, so rum makes a great substitute if you can't find aguardiente.

Ingredients Nutrition


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


Most Helpful

Very nice! This tastes almost like a spiked tea. It's not too strong, but it really warms you up. The spices and sweetness were spot-on.

rpgaymer December 04, 2013

Wow, was this good. I enjoyed it very much. The flavors were excellent and the spices spot on. What a lovely treat on this cold rainy day. It warmed me up inside and out. I will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing Anna.
made for ZWT-7 Tour of Central/South America (witchen kitchen)

Baby Kato May 28, 2011

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