Hot Firewater Tea

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • 16

    servings, 2 ounce each

Appears in

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

By Patricia McCausland-Gallo

Published 2004

  • About

Warm up on a very cold evening with this romantic drink!


  • 2 cups (about ½ pound) panela*,
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup Aguardiente* or any aniseed flavored liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  1. In a medium pot, over medium heat, place 2 cups of water, the panela, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes to extract the flavors of the spices.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the Aguardiente and lime juice. Put back on the stove and reduce the heat to very low. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes just to bring the heat back up, but the mixture should not boil.
  3. Serve hot in very small portions.