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Atol de elote (Corn flavor hot drink)

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What is Atol de Elote?

Have you had Atol de Elote (corn) before? It translates to a corn flour drink that can be made with many flavors but this one is corn flavor. I'll be honest, It's not my favorite... but my husband and mom are obsessed with it, so naturally I had to learn to make it just for my husband. It was actually my mom who got my husband hooked!

Atol de Elote can be enjoyed with pan dulce or with boiled corn on the cob. You dip the corn on the cob in the Atol! It's really good but it can be a filling drink.

How to make Atol de Elote?

I made a small batch because it's just my husband and I but feel free to double the or tripple the recipe.

As you're making it, make sure to adjust the sugar to your pallet. I suggest you start out with 2 tbsp and add as you go. I ended up adding 1/3 cup of sugar in total.

I've also seen many ways of making Atol in terms of the order in which you boil or add each ingredient. I made it the way my mom has made it but I've also seen my Tia add all ingredients in the pot and then place it on the stove.

Ingredients: Serving of 3-4 cups of atol

  • 4 corn (you can sub for 2 cans of sweet corn) the corn must be ripped and cannot be small (tierno).

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 cup water

  • 2 tbsp corn starch

  • 1/4 cup sugar or to taste

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract or paste (optional)

  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon (Optional)

  • 1/3 cup sugar or to taste


  1. Clean and wash the corn

  2. Prepare all the othe ingredients. I measure everything out and place each ingredients in a small container. This makes the cooking process easier. If you have a glass measuring cup, place your milk in there.

  3. Shuck the corn and remove it from it cob. It corn must be raw.

  4. Add it to the blender along with the two cups of water. Blend until smooth

  5. Place the strainer on top of the pot and strain the mixture.

  6. Add the sugar, cinnamon stick, and optional ingredients (vanilla extract and ground cinnamon). Let this come to a soft boil.

  7. Place the 2 cups of milk in the microwave for 3 minutes. Add almost all of it to the pot and stir it in, leave about 1/4 cup of milk behind. Let this come to a boil, whisk frequently to keep it from sticking.

  8. Mix the corn starch into the rest of the milk left behind. Once the mixture is boiling, slowly whisk the corn starch mixture in to the pot.

  9. Let it come to a boil and thicken up a bit. Turn the heat off and let it rest about 5 minutes before serving.

The colder it gets, the thicker it will become. Warm it up in the microwave to reheat. Enjoy! for more recipes follow @flourishwithg on Instagram and TikTok!



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