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Chicha Morada - The Purple Corn Drink

By April 6, 2009

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Chicha morada is an unusual drink made from purple corn. The name can be confusing, because the word "chicha" usually refers to fermented beverages that are quite alcoholic. Chicha morada is non-alcoholic, and is made by boiling purple corn with fruit (quince & pineapple), cinnamon and cloves. It tastes both sharp and fruity - similar to mulled apple cider, but spicier and more interesting.

Chicha morada is often served at kid's birthday parties, which is unfortunate really, because it seriously stains clothes. It's a popular afternoon pick-me-up, best enjoyed with an alfajor cookie or an empanada.

You can buy bottled chicha morada at Latin food markets, or try making it at home with this recipe from the Peruvian cooking website Yanuq.


July 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm
(1) maria jose says:

and it is peruvian… like me!!! =)

February 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm
(2) Patricia says:

Chicha morada is usually served with tiny bits of green apple, pineapple, lots of ice and a bit of lime juice (if you like it a bit zesty).


November 15, 2011 at 12:05 am
(3) Miami Culinary Tours says:

Thank you for sharing about chicha morada. At Miami Culinary Tours we sample chicha morada along with many other Hispanic drinks and foods found throughout the communities of Miami.

April 14, 2012 at 11:58 am
(4) Eric says:

had Chica Morada served by family I was visiting in Tacna, southern Peru. Later in Lima I called back to find out its name to purchase and bring back to US. (Had to get help from locat cab driver to find it in Supermarket). Bought several packages (both sugar-free and sugared) of dry-mix, and shared with American friends back home.

August 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm
(5) Ghost says:

Does anyone know a store in the Orlando,fl area that sell’s this product.

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