Iced Cinnamon Drink
"I drink this ALL the time - Delicious, refreshing, and different! Easy to make, and according to Mexican lore, has some great health benefits too!" - Submitted by 'Polarbear' Mike.
Simple and very refreshing - the PERFECT drink on a hot day, especially if your favorite flavor is cinnamon (it's mine). I fell in love with this flavored drink when I was in Turkey - you could buy a powdered drink mix there for it, but I can't find anything like it here in the USA, so this is my best solution to the same thing!
2 quarts water - divided use
4 (5-inch) cinnamon sticks
Additional 1/2 gallon water
Sugar to taste
- Boil one quart of water. As soon as water begins to boil, add the cinnamon sticks. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes and then immediately add remaining one quart of cold water and remove from heat.
- Leave cinnamon sticks in and allow to cool to room temperature. This is the cinnamon drink concentrate.
- To Serve: For the entire amount of concentrate, I usually add an additional half gallon of COLD water and sweeten with sugar to taste, and serve over ice.
Makes 1 gallon or 16 (8-ounce) servings.
Tip: If you like prefer a stronger flavored beverage, dilute with less water, for milder flavor add more water.