This recipe is the authentic Mexican Te de Canela. All the other recipes are not authentic. Adding sugar is a definite no, because this cinnamon tea is sweet naturally. You will be quite surprised at how sweet it is. Not sugar sweet but an earthy sweet. Besides adding sugar would make it something else. Not Te de Canela.
CEYLON CINNAMON IS ESSENTIAL FOR TE DE CANELA
Only Ceylon Cinnamon can and should be used for this recipe. Ceylon Cinnamon is often called Mexican Cinnamon to distinguish it from the cheap Cassia Cinnamon found in the United States.
Ceylon Cinnamon is soft and crumbly and perfect for making Te De Canela. Although you don't have to, Ceylon Cinnamon sticks can be crumbled into small pieces for an even better brew. You can’t do that with Cassia Cinnamon which is hard. Ceylon Cinnamon has a sweeter more sophisticated taste, with hints citrus and cloves. Cassia Cinnamon or virtually any other type of Cinnamon tends be more spicy with a more abrasive taste. You simply cannot have that for Te De Canela.
USE LIME, NOT LEMON
If you use Lemon then the taste is very different. With the lime this Cinnamon is quite remarkable.The lime actually turns the cinnamon tea into a lighter shade and makes it even sweeter. Remember you need to squeeze a teaspoon of lime. Do not put in sliced lime as this will make the Te De Canella overly bitter and thus ruin a perfect blend. In fact it will destroy it.
If you follow the instructions to the letter, te de canela will deliver a mild, yet sweet and refreshing flavor with a comforting aroma. What is remarkable is how sweet it is without any sugar. If you are taking Cinnamon for diabetes or even weight loss, then this is the perfect way to take it.
Te de Canela is prepared very much like a normal tea. Its a drink for any occasion, but particularly in the morning, after lunch (especially if you have had a heavy lunch and just before bedtime. The smell and taste of Cinnamon has an earthy feel to it, at once comforting and soothing.
DIRECTIONS TO MAKE 4 CUPS
Making Te de canela is the same as making Ceylon Cinnamon stick Tea. The only extra step is adding the lime. Watch the video above or visit the Ceylon Cinnamon stick tea page.