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Getting Hot in May: Limonada Caliente con Ron, Canela y Clavo (Hot lemonade with rum, cinnamon and c edit

Ro_1 It has been raining cats and dogs recently in the tropics, that's why sometimes a warm drink, with a full body and delicious spices is the best answer to warm all us up. Pure coziness.

Why would you enjoy preparing this drink? Well, just because I can sense the sinfully delight it will bring to your life, AND because:

  • You probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen.
  • It is easy to prepare, just a few steps, that's it.
  • It looks beautiful and it is really fragrant. Convinced?

Ro_2 Here is the recipe:


  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice (or lemon if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup honey or light brown sugar to taste
  • 1 stick cinnamon and 2-3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • Garnish: lime or lemon slices


  • Combine the water, lime juice, honey, cinnamon and cloves in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat, stirring, until honey disolves. Remove from heat and stir in the rum. Pour the beverage into mugs or glasses and garnish with lime slices.

Enjoy hot or cold! Try it and you will experience what I am talking about. Trust me on this one!

  • by Chef Melissa
  • May 04, 2007
  • 2:51 pm


Picture of Jeremy Jeremy said on...
05.04.07 at 06:14 PM |

Had something like this in Ecuador, with orange juice, puro de cana and canela!
Wow it will warm up anyones bones in Quito!

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
05.04.07 at 06:52 PM |

I LOVE Quito, it’s such a lovely city. I guess “puro de caña” is what we know as aguardiente. I bet it was good smile

Once in Bariloche, Argentina I had a warm drink made with red wine, fruit juice and plenty spices…wow, that was cool! I still remember it after many years smile

Picture of Ed Tep Ed Tep said on...
05.05.07 at 01:08 AM |

Melissa - Your limonada recipe sounds divine! I think I might try making it without the rum.

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
05.05.07 at 07:54 AM |

Hola Ed! yes, it is also delicious without the rum, or as Jeremy suggested…with orange juice is quite good too!

Picture of EC EC said on...
05.05.07 at 03:31 PM |

Suena genial esta limonada y como dicen arriba me recuerda muchísimo al “Canelazo” Ecuatoriano que probé en la linda ciudad de Cuenca por primera vez y luego en Quito para olvidarse un poquito del frio :D

Picture of Nerissa Nerissa said on...
05.06.07 at 11:00 AM |

That sounds like it would be REALLY good, M.! It’s still cold enough here in The Great White North to warrant the need for such a warm drink.

Hello again from Nerissa! Been too long! Hope you’ll visit my site again :D

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
05.06.07 at 11:41 AM |

EC, nunca he visitado Cuenca…pero si hace frio rico como en Quito, seguro que una bebida como esta ayuda smile

Nerissa!!!!!!!!! glad to see you are back…I always go to your blog and your flickr too. I am heading over there right now smile

Have a nice, warm Sunday!

Picture of JLRP JLRP said on...
05.09.07 at 12:01 PM |

Ron, clavo, canela y el jugo de ese limón intenso y ácido que crece en Panamá... Mmm. No me imagino beberla en el frío de Quito, Bogotá, Boquete o el Great White North… Sí me la imagino helada sobre la cubierta de un barco o a la orilla de la playa, refrescándome el calor de una tarde tropical…

Felicidades, Melissa.

Saludos, JLRP

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
05.09.07 at 12:23 PM |

JL, ya la hicistes poesía…por eso me encanta leerte! smile

Al leer tu comparación he imaginado las sensaciones: Al beber algo así en frío se calientan las orejas (verídico). Al beber algo así en calor se calientan las ideas…


P.D.: ya se, ya se…te estoy quedando mal, pero un día de estos les sorprendo!

Picture of thess thess said on...
05.10.07 at 10:26 AM |

this is exactly what we need right now in this dutch temperature, thanks for sharing the ingredients, chef melissa!

Picture of Antonio Touriño .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
05.12.07 at 07:36 PM |

Ron Abuelo es excelente! Y es panameño , no?

BTW, todavía suge el problema del URL inválido… :( podrías preguntar en typepad a ver pq me pasa eso?

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
05.13.07 at 08:36 AM |

Hola Antonio!!! gracias por la visita…Si, Ron Abuelo es de Panama smile
Sabes, no tengo idea de porque no se puede comentar con org. Les estoy enviando la pregunta a typepad para qver que es lo que pasa con eso. Que tengas un buen domingo!

Picture of Shawn Shawn said on...
05.14.07 at 10:54 PM |

Outstanding recipe.  Instead of orange, lemon or lime, how about some freshly squeezed grapefruit juice?

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
05.15.07 at 08:35 AM |

Hola Shawn! I have never tried it with grapefruit juice, but I bet it would be delicious smile
Have a tasty day…

Picture of Lisa H. Lisa H. said on...
09.13.09 at 06:50 PM |

How refreshing this looks. I’ve been looking for more refreshing recipes like this for summer.

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