Isa's Cola de Mono Recipe -
Isa's Cola de Mono Recipe
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Isa's Cola de Mono

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"This is a traditional Chilean Christmastime drink of milk flavored with coffee and spices, passed down to me by our Chilean nanny Isa. It is delicious, and a must-try if you don't care for egg-nog. The recipe can be varied to suit your tastes - be creative with the proportions of coffee, cinnamon, cloves, and vanilla, as well as with your choice of liqueurs."

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  1. Gently simmer the cloves and cinnamon sticks in water until reduced by half, about 30 minutes. Add 1 cup of milk, and heat to a simmer, then stir in and dissolve the coffee and sugar.
  2. Strain the coffee mixture into the remaining cold milk, and discard the cloves and cinnamon sticks. Stir in the vanilla extract and pisco. Store in the refrigerator.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 25, 2009

I made this beverage one year ago for the first time and I make this very often. It is so amazing. I fell in love with it. Use rum (pisco or cognac), this is a key ingredient.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 30, 2012

my husband is from Santiago. and we have this drink all the time is really Delicious...:)


12 Ratings

Jan 29, 2013

I am from Chile and this recipe was very good, but I had to give it a 4 star because it needed more white rum than the recipe asked for.

Dec 22, 2010

I liked it just didn't loooove it. Nothing constructive add as to why....just have other rum based drinks I like even better.

Dec 14, 2009

Cola de mono is the best! good recipe but it has to be with Pisco! :) Just kidding. Viva Chile!

Dec 21, 2010

I gave this to my fiance and he renamed it "Cola de Bueno". This is awesome.

Jan 11, 2010

I love the spicy coffee flavored milk! I used soy milk. With or with out liquor this is a great drink!

Nov 21, 2014

This is a good guide as to how to make Cola de Mono, but it needs more pisco, more coffee and less milk. I have found this recipe very useful all the same. Its so yummy, I want to drink it all year round not just at Christmas!


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