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Chilean Homemade Cola de Mono Cocktail Recipe
Chilean Homemade Cola de Mono Cocktail Recipe

Cola de Mono, or simply “Colemono,” is a traditional Chilean beverage primarily prepared and consumed during the year-end holidays, for Christmas and New Year’s, often accompanied by a delicious “pan de pascua” (fruitcake).

How to make Cola de Mono or Colemono?

Preparing Cola de Mono is a delightful and comforting cocktail primarily made from milk and aguardiente, sweetened and flavored with coffee, sugar, orange peel, cinnamon, and cloves.

Nutritional Information

Category: Cocktails
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 350
Preparation: 45 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Traditional Christmas Cola de Mono Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 liter of milk
  • 250 ml of aguardiente
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 orange peel strips
  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon of nutmeg

Preparation

  1. In a large pot, add the milk, sugar, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Heat over low heat and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is dissolved. Increase the heat and keep it just below boiling, when the milk begins to bubble slightly around the edges. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. Strain the cold milk through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the whole spices, orange peel, and any cream that may have formed.
  3. Dissolve instant coffee in a little hot water and add it to the cold infused milk, gently stir to combine.
  4. Add aguardiente and mix well to integrate flavors and aromas, taste and adjust sweetness or alcohol to your liking.
  5. Pour and store the Cola de Mono in clean, sterilized bottles in hot water and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Serve the Cola de Mono very cold in small glasses, optionally garnish with cinnamon sticks or cinnamon powder on the surface.
  7. Cola de Mono Recipe with Condensed Milk A very common variation of the traditional Cola de Mono recipe is to use condensed milk, which is shared below.

History of Chilean Cola de Mono

It is said that the name “Cola de Mono” is attributed to the fact that it was originally bottled in bottles of “Anís del Mono,” a very popular Spanish liquor in America whose label showed a long-tailed monkey.

Anis del mono Anís del mono Other versions, on the other hand, point to an event attended by President Pedro Montt, who, upon leaving after finishing the wine, would have asked for his Colt pistol. However, they convinced him to stay and prepare an improvised mixture of aguardiente and milk, which they named “Colt de Montt.”

Later, this improvised designation would evolve into versions like “colemon,” “colemono,” and finally “cola de mono,” which is how we know it today.

Did you know?

If you cannot find aguardiente, one of the main ingredients in the traditional recipe, you can replace it with high-proof, non-aged Chilean pisco.

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