Christmas Recipes

Atole de Canela (Warm Mexican Holiday Drink)

Atole de Canela recipe

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup piloncillo (raw sugar sold in blocks) or brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup instant corn masa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups milk


  1. In a two-quart sauce pan, bring 2 cups water, piloncillo and cinnamon stick to a boil.
  2. Dissolve masa in 1/2 cup water; add to pan. Return to boil; reduce heat to medium and continue to gently boil for 4 or 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add milk and continue cooking for 5 more minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Serve very hot in mugs.


Recipe and photo used with permission from: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
by Chef Hernan Reynoso

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