Not even Chileans themselves know how this traditional holiday drink got the name “cola de mono” (monkey’s tail). There are a number of different stories that explain its origin; political theories have even been added to the many renditions. What is very clear, however, is that in Chile it is enjoyed most of all at the end of the year, paired with a good serving of pan de Pascua to welcome in the Christmas season in homes across the country. The base of the drink is milk, coffee, cinnamon and a touch aguardiente. Let’s toast with a cup of cola de mono. Cheers!
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