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2 Great South American Beverage Recipes: Peruvian Chicha Morada and Jugo de Maracuya (Passion Fruit Juice)

I was talking with a friend the other day about how my tastes for many things have changed since coming to Buenos Aires back in late 2006.  Certainly, many of my North American friends would be amazed to try some of my new culinary favorites. In that spirit, I wanted to introduce you to my 2 favorite non-alcoholic summertime beverages: Chicha Morada and Jugo de Maracuya (Passion Fruit Juice).

For those of you who have never heard of it, Chicha morada is a non-alcoholic beverage originally from Peru. The drink is made from purple corn, a variant of Zea mays native to the Peruvian Andes. Its use and consumption dates back to the pre-colonial era of Peru, even prior to the creation of the Inca empire.

Peruvian Chicha Morada recipeChicha Morada Recipe


  • 2 cups blue corn (or about 3 ears of blue corn)
  • 1/2 peel from a pineapple
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon of cloves
  • 2 liters of water
  • Sugar
  • Optional: juice of 1 lemon or 1 tablespoon


  1. Mix the corn, pinapple, cinnamon. cloves and water in a large pot and bring it to a boil;
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for a minimum of 1 hour (I usually simmer it for 2-3 hours);
  3. Let it cool down and add sugar to taste (I only use about 2 tablespoons but you can add as much as 1 cup).
  4. Refrigerate for an hour or serve with ice.

Note: You can always add the juice of 1 lemon prior to putting it in the refridgerator and some people like to add diced pineapples and/or apples as well.

Passion fruit or maracuyaJugo de Maracuya (Passion Fruit Juice) Recipe


  • 4 medium passion fruit
  • 1 liter of water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon (or 1 tablespoon)
  • Optional: juice of 1 orange


  1. Cut the passion fruits into half and scoop out the inside.
  2. Put in a blender along with the water and sugar and blend until smooth.
  3. Strain and add lemon juice.
  4. Refrigerate for an hour or serve with ice.

Note: If you want a delicious variation, you can always add the juice of 1 or 2 oranges prior to putting it in the refridgerator.

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