Drink the World Cup | Ecuador vs. France

Canelazo (Photo Credit: Pau García Solbes, Flickr)

Canelazo is a hot spiced alcohol drink consumed in the Ecuadorian Andes. It's made from aguardiente, a sugar cane spirit, sugar, and water boiled with cinnamon. It's usually drunk during evening festivals when it's cold outside. Basically bring some water to boil in a pot with cinnamon sticks and sugar and simmer for 30 minutes (traditionally). Then add aguardiente and serve. Find a more detailed recipe here.

One of my favorite French liqueurs is Chartreuse, but it can be a little expensive. In the last year, unique spirit importers Haus Alpenz started bringing in Dolin Genepy des Alpes. It's similar in taste to green Chartreuse -- not surprising since Genepy is known as the primary alpine herb used in Chartreuse. It's very herbaceous in nature with a little sweetness to balance the bitter. The best way to taste and enjoy is in a glass with a nice chunk of ice, but it works well in cocktails as well.


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