Cookbook 2013: Ana Maria Montero

Cola de Mono


  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 5 star anise 
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole cloves 
  • 1/2 cup instant coffee
  • 1/2 liter anise-flavored aguardiente (firewater) 
  • 1 gallon milk 


Peel from a single orange. This traditional Chilean holiday drink starts by combining milk, cloves, star anise, orange peel, and cinnamon sticks in a large pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring the liquid continuously to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add coffee and sugar to taste. Remove from stove and put aside to cool. When cold, drain carefully to remove all solids and the film from the milk. Add the vanilla extract and aguardiente to taste. Store in glass bottles. Keep refrigerated until it’s time to serve. Serve chilled. 

Serves 10.