Drink: Egg Nog Alternative

This delicious, traditional Chilean holiday beverage is a must try for those who don’t care for egg nog.

Cola de Mano
Serves 8

10 whole cloves
2 ½ cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup water
8 cups cold milk
2 tbsp. instant coffee granules
1/2 cup white sugar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup pisco, white rum, brandy or other lightly-flavored liquor

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. Stir in and dissolve the coffee and sugar.

Strain the coffee mixture into the remaining cold milk, and discard the cloves and cinnamon sticks. Stir in the vanilla extract and liquor. Store in the refrigerator.

—Tana Wold
Purchasing and events manager, City of Eden Prairie Liquor Stores