New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party. Today, Sebastian’s warm and cozy canelazo

The Long Beach Post is here to help, and this week we are publishing a series of videos ahead of New Year’s Eve on how to make our favorite drinks.

Today, we get warm and cozy with the Post’s membership coordinator Sebastian Echeverry’s canelazo:

If this drink works as a great way to stay warm in the highlands of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, then this “canelazo” hot boozy drink will work wonders on those brisk Long Beach nights.

A “canelazo” is a cocktail similar to the hot toddy: It contains rum, light and dark brown sugar, salt, whole cloves, four to six cinnamon sticks and orange and lime juice. To make it, bring water, both sugars, lime juice, salt, cloves and cinnamon sticks to a boil. After simmering for five to 10 minutes, remove from the heat and stir in the orange juice. Then add the rum.

To make it a true Colombian canelazo, substitute the rum for aguardiente (if you can find it)!

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