Traditional Chilean Christmas Drink: Cola de Mono

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Traditional Chilean Christmas Drink: Cola de Mono
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on October 24, 2023

Cola de Mono is a traditional Chilean Christmas drink that is popular during the holiday season. This creamy and flavorful beverage is made with a base of aguardiente, milk, sugar, and spices like cloves and cinnamon. It is typically enjoyed cold and is often served alongside traditional Christmas desserts. This recipe will guide you through the process of making this delicious and festive drink in the comfort of your own home.


  • 750 ml aguardiente (Chilean liquor)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest


  1. In a large pot, combine the aguardiente, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, instant coffee, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and orange zest.
  2. Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring continuously, until the sugar has dissolved and the flavors have melded together.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  4. Once cooled, add the milk to the pot and stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a clean container or bottle to remove any spices or impurities.
  6. Cover the container or bottle and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours, or until the cola de mono is chilled and ready to serve.
  7. To serve, pour the chilled cola de mono into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick.
  8. Enjoy this festive drink with family and friends during the Christmas season.

Interesting Facts

  • Cola de Mono translates to "Monkey's Tail" in English, although its origin is unclear.
  • This traditional Chilean drink is believed to have been created by a group of friends who named it after a monkey that was roaming around their house during the Christmas season.
  • Cola de Mono is often enjoyed as a pre-dinner drink on Christmas Eve and is believed to help with digestion.
  • While traditionally made with aguardiente, you can also use rum or vodka as a substitute.
  • The flavors of this drink develop and intensify with time, so it is recommended to prepare it a day in advance for the best taste.