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How to Make Cinnamon Tea (Té de Canela)

Today you’ll learn how to make cinnamon tea known as té de canela in Mexico.

It’s the prefect beverage for when you’re feeling under the weather.

It’s warm and cinnamony and does a great job at soothing a sore throat!

I also love this cinnamon milk tea.

cinnamon tea in a mug

This recipe and pretty much every other recipe I write uses ceylon cinnamon sticks.

You may have heard it called “true cinnamon”.

The other type of cinnamon is called cassia and its what most supermarkets sell.

In order to get ceylon cinnamon you should visit a Mexican supermarket or order it online.

If you live in a diverse city you may be able to find it in your local grocery store.

I just made this tea this morning for my 7 year old son.

He has strep throat and I knew this would make him feel better.

It always works for me.

My ex husband introduced me to cinnamon tea years ago when I was sick with a sore throat.

Now it’s something I always prepare when the kids or I have sore throats.

It really hits the spot.

It’s also pretty yummy.

But you can enjoy this great tasting tea anytime not just when you’re sick.

Is Drinking Cinnamon Tea Good For You?

Yes drinking cinnamon is very good for you.

Ceylon cinnamon helps lower blood sugar and it is loaded with antioxidants.

It can also help with blood pressure.

té de canela

You can find these cinnamon sticks at any Mexican grocery store.

I always find them at Save a Lot.

Recipes That Use Cinnamon Sticks

It’s important that you don’t use ground cinnamon to make this.

It won’t turn out the same.

You can however substitute the lime for lemon if you prefer.

Don’t forget to break up the cinnamon stick into pieces before steeping.

If you leave the stick whole you won’t get as much flavor out of it.

I steep mine for about 15 minutes and that’s strong enough for me.

If you like a stronger cinnamon taste you can steep it a little bit longer.

how to make cinnamon tea

We’ve been on a kick lately with teas and other hot beverages but when it’s cold that’s all we feel like drinking.

How to Make Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon tea is incredibly easy to make.

You must try it!

It’s especially good during the winter months and when you’re feeling sick.

How to make cinnamon tea
cinnamon tea in a mug
4.47 from 13 votes

How to Make Cinnamon Tea

Cinnamon tea is great for when you have a sore throat or cough.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 18 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • honey
  • a quarter of a lime


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Break cinnamon into pieces and place in water.
  3. Remove from heat and steep for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea into a mug.
  5. Add about 2 tbsp of honey to the mug.
  6. Add the lime juice to the mug and stir.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Cinnamon Tea
Amount Per Serving
Calories 18
% Daily Value*
Sodium 12mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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San Juanita

Wednesday 9th of June 2021

How many times can I use the same cinnamon stick to make tea?


Thursday 10th of June 2021

I've always used a new stick to make tea. I never reuse the same one.


Tuesday 30th of March 2021

Aw good stuff


Tuesday 30th of March 2021


Sandra perez

Monday 15th of February 2021

Hi, I was wondering if I should store the left over canela for the next couple of days. right now I pour leftover in a mason jar and re-heat next day. My 94 year old dad loves this, so I kind of make a bigger batch and use the next couple of days. Thanks, Sandra


Thursday 18th of February 2021

I will save the leftover tea in the fridge and drink it the next day. I'm not sure how long it will stay good though in the fridge. It doesn't ever last that long in my house.


Thursday 17th of December 2020

Great recipe. Ive been drinking cinnamon tea for awhile I never knew about Ceylon until a month ago. Its not same great taste as cassia tea but I have to get used to it because it’s much more beneficial I guess compared to cassia. Anyways I do crush them but I wont now I’ll just put it as a whole like you said thanks for letting me know. What else can I add to my tea beside honey or lime that would make it more beneficial. I just use ginger and cinnamon. Also I buy Ceylon cinnamon from eBay for $28 / pound SSiri Lanca Ceylon I was wondering is that the price or is it cheaper from the stores.

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