Chicha Morada is a typical Peruvian non-alcoholic drink. It's prepared from a base of purple maize, known as maiz morado. While today it can be bought as bottled beverage in every supermarket, traditionally the purple maize is boiled with chunks of pineapple, quinces, cinnamon and cloves in water until the maize is soft and the liquid has taken on the deep purple color. After straining sugar a little lime juice is added. Cooled and served with small pieces of apples Chicha Morada is popular with young and old and a really delicious drink.
- 1 tablespoon of whole cloves
- 1 whole pineapple, diced (peel reserved)
- 1 green apple, peeled and diced
1. To a large pot, add the corn, water, cinnamon sticks, cloves and half of the pineapple peels. Heat over high heat and once the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes.
2. Remove the chicha from the heat and pour in the sugar and fresh lime juice. Place a strainer atop a large bowl and pour mixture through it, catching the large corn ears, pulp and pineapple. Refrigerate until cold. To serve, add ice, and a small handful of diced pineapple and apple to each glass; add chicha and serve immediately.