Move over eggnog. There are many delicious, creamy holiday drinks to choose from during the Christmas season. Latinos love creamy, spicy drinks during the holidays, and we love our coffee.
This cola de mono recipe has all the makings of a great holiday drink. You’ve got the creaminess, spiciness, and a healthy shot of alcohol to make spending that much time with extended relatives tolerable. Let’s take a closer look.
Why is it called cola de mono?
Cola de mono translates to monkey’s tail. It's a strange name for a holiday drink and no one is quite sure why it’s called that. Though it is thought that the name may have to do with the amount of alcohol in the drink. This one may just have you swinging from the ceiling fan like a monkey.
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Where is cola de mono from?
Cola de mono is a Chilean drink that is served during the Christmas season.
Do you serve cola de mono hot or cold?
The drink is meant to be served very, very cold alongside a plate of cookies. Santa will certainly be thanking you for leaving this delicious drink.
What are the ingredients to make cola de mono?
To make this cola de mono you are going to need the following ingredients:
- Cinnamon stick
- Star anise
- Espresso shots
- Pisco or grappa
How to make cola de mono
Now that you have gathered your ingredients it is time to make cola de mono. All you have to do is follow the steps below:
First, add the milk, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and star anise to a small pot and bring a to a gentle simmer over medium heat. You never want to put milk over too high of heat or it can scorch and even bubble over and cause a fire. Watch your milk closely as it simmers.
Stirring constantly, continue heating until the sugar dissolves, around 10 minutes. Add the coffee and continue heating for 1 more minute. This will help ensure that the flavors combine well.
Remove from heat, add the pisco or grappa and stir. Transfer to a jar. Allow to cool and then refrigerate. You want cola de mono to be very cold when served.
Your cola de mono is ready to serve!
Cola de Mono Recipe
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- 4 1/2 Cups milk
- 3/4 Cup sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 7-10 cloves
- 1 star anise
- 3 espresso shots
- 1 3/4 Cups pisco or grappa
- Add the milk, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise to a small pot and bring it to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
- Stirring constantly, continue heating until the sugar dissolves, around 10 minutes. Add the coffee and continue heating for 1 more minute.
- Remove from heat, add the pisco or grappa, and stir. Transfer to a jar.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 6g
These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.