If you are wondering why you've never heard of Gaviao navideño before, you're in good company. This traditional Dominican Christmas drink is perhaps one of the most obscure recipes in our blog, a comforting drink originating in one of my favorite parts of the country.

– cinnamon – cloves – fresh ginger, peeled and rinsed – lemongrass leaves, rinsed (optional) – lime leaves, rinsed (optional) – cocoa powder – brown sugar , or white sugar (or to taste)


Step 1:

Pour 8 cups of water into a medium saucepan or small pot. Add the cinnamon, cloves, ginger, lemongrass, and lime leaves. Heat over low. heat and let simmer very gently for 15-20 minutes, or until the water has a light caramel color.

Step 2:

Add the cocoa and stir to dissolve. Increase the heat to medium-low until it breaks the boil. Remove from the heat. Pass through a fine mesh sieve to remove all the solids.

Step 3:

Add sugar to taste, or serve unsweetened for everyone to add sugar to their own taste. See serving suggestions above the recipe.

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