Refresco de Canela Recipe

One thing that surprised me when we arrived, was that juice and other beverages are made from scratch a lot in Bolivia. One drink we’ve enjoyed is refresco de canela, a cinnamon tea-like beverage. It’s really easy to make and we wanted to share the recipe with you!


Water, 5 quarts or so
Cinnamon sticks, 1-2 sticks about 3 inches long, separated into pieces
1 1/2 cups sugar

Boil cinnamon sticks in water for about 20 minutes. Let cool, leaving cinnamon sticks in the water during this time. When cool, strain liquid to remove cinnamon pieces.

To serve, mix 3 quarts of the cinnamon liquid to 1 quart water and add about 1 cup sugar. We like to drink it room temperature, it’s good chilled as well.

(Mix the remaining 2 quarts cinnamon liquid with about 1/2 to 3/4 of a quart of water and add about 1/2 cup sugar. Exact proportions aren’t necessary – just mix it so it tastes good!)


Here’s a picture showing the amount of cinnamon that I usually use to give you a better idea.


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