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What: A warming alcoholic beverage consisting of anise-flavored aguardiente and aguapanela (hot sugar water), served in a cup rimmed with cinnamon and lime. It’s sort of like a Colombian hot toddy—perfect on a chilly night.
Where: Find this in many cafes around town; we enjoyed ours in a perfectly blustery setting inside a no-name bar in the municipality of La Calera, along a steep mirador-dotted mountain road just northeast of the city.
Order: Canelazo with Aguardiente Antioqueño, one of the country’s smoother varieties of the stuff. A note to teetotalers: Aguapanela on its own is also quite good, if you like very sweet drinks.
Alternatively: Try canelazo in La Candelaria at cozy Pequena Santa Fe (Carrera 2 No. 13-14; map) in the quaint Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo.
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