Piloncillo is an unrefined sugar that comes in a firm cone shape (it’s named after the pilon, a conical weight used on scales).

The name reflects the weights used to measure products, including sugar, in markets of Mexico and throughout Latin America in the 16th through 19th centuries.

Piloncillo is available at Hispanic supermarkets.

Spicy Piloncillo Syrup
This mildly spiced syrup is added to many delicious tequila-based cocktails and liqueurs. The name reflects the sugar, formed in a cone shaped "piloncillo", named for the weights once used in markets for commodities like sugar.
Recipe type: Syrups
Serves: 1 1/2 Cups
  • 1 Cup sugar granulated
  • 8 ounces cone piloncillo crushed with a heavy mallet
  • 1 Cup water
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  1. Place water, sugar and spices in heavy one-quart nonreactive saucepan and let sit for 1 hour or longer, until sugar is fully dissolved.
  2. Slowly bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool, then discard spices and pour remaining mixture into a glass bottle.
  4. Keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator.
  5. This dark syrup dissolves easily in hot coffee drinks.
Nutritional analysis per tablespoon: 137 calories, trace of fat, 35 grams carbohydrates, 0 cholesterol, 6 milligrams sodium.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Tablespoon Calories: 137 Carbohydrates: 137g


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