Chicha Morada

Chicha Morada

Chicha Morada

Want the perfect refreshing accompaniment to any Peruvian lunch? Then you must include Chicha Morada.

This is a non-alcoholic drink made from purple corn, pineapple, apple and spices that is mildly flavoured and refreshing.

Chicha Morada

I must admit. When I was a kid, I did not like this drink. I found the deep purple colour frightening and the knowledge that is was a drink made from corn (gasp…see my later love of bourbon as a universal FU!) horrifying. But the older I grew and more open my palate, the more I grew to appreciate this ancient drink of the Incas.

Chicha Morada  - close up of purple corn

Admittedly, this is my first time attempting this drink. I researched many recipes, and found there are as many variants and methods to this drink as there are for pimento cheese of the American South. Basically you made it how your mama taught you. And since my mama was a Canuck, she never taught me. So this recipe I present to you is a mash up of what my Peruvian papa makes, what the instructions on my bag of purple corn says, and various Internet musings. I’m open to criticism, but I think this recipe at least gets the job done.

It’s served cold, sometimes with chunks of pineapple and apple floating in it, but I like mine strained with ice. I even added some pisco and it was taaaaasty!

Chicha Morada

Makes 2 litres

Ingredients

3 litres of water
2-3 ears of dried purple corn
Skin of 1 pineapple
2 granny smith apples, quartered
2 cinnamon sticks
2-3 cloves
2-4 tablespoons of brown sugar
Juice of 1 lime

Method

In a large stainless steel stockpot combine the water, corn, pineapple skin and apple and bring to a boil

Once a boil has been reached reduce to medium-high, so a rumbling simmer is achieved and let cook for 45 minutes

At this point add the cinnamon and cloves and allow to cook for another 15 minutes

Remove from heat and let cool slightly

Strain into a clean container and add the sugar to your taste. Let the sugar dissolve completely

Chill in the fridge until cool

Once cool, add the lime juice and serve

Be sure not to add the lime juice while the mixture is hot, or it will become bitter

Chicha Morada