Every since I was a young girl, I remember my grandmother making Colada Morada at home with anticipation of the 2nd of November! She always made the most tasty Colada Morada, which is a very traditional Spiced Berry Corn Drink served all over Ecuador during the month of October and November.
If you have ever been to Cuenca, Ecuador during this time of the year for Las Fiestas de Cuenca, you would know why this is such an exciting recipe to learn, and if you haven’t been to Cuenca to experience this, then imagine all your friends and family inviting you to drink Colada Morada at their houses almost everyday, and not being able to walk down the main road in El Centro without some haggling “Colada Morad For Sale” which is always accompanied by Guaguas de Pan, a Sweet Bread from Ecuador.
Us Ecuadorians go crazy over Guaguas de Pan and Colada Morada, and even those that are in denial about their affection for this traditional tasty duo, will often drink it anyway, and just not tell anyone about it. The truth is that there are many ways to make this traditional drink and it is so easy! The problem for people living outside of Ecuador is that they can’t find all the traditional ingredients so that is why I developed this special recipe so that no matter where you are in the world, you will be able to make this delicious and highly addictive Sweet Fruit Drink! And if you can’t find all the ingredients in my Colada Morada Recipe in this video then please just comment below and I will give you some suggestions of other ingredients that you could use to replace whatever you are battling to find in your country.
This recipe is close to my heart and as this recipe was passed on from my grandmother to my mom and then to me, I feel really honored to now be able to share this recipe with you and your family.
The Colada Morada is made up of a variety of
- Variety of species: cinnamon, cloves, all spice, start anis, ishpingo (cinnamon flour).
- Variety of herbs: Lemongrass, lemon verbena, lemon leaves, orange leaves, ataco (Amaranto)
- Variety of peels: orange, lemon
- Variety of fruits: Pineapple, naranjilla, passion fruit, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries (mortiño that is a berry from de Andes), apples, pears, babaco, peaches, nectarines.
The first step to make this recipe is:
Make a specied syrup liquid with:
- Pineapple skin and it’s core.
- Cinnamon, cloves, start anis, allspice.
- Brown sugar
Add all this ingredients into a pot and Boil it for about 25 minutes.
After the 25 minutes, add the herbs and peels.
- Orange peel
- Lemon leaves
Simmer for 10 minutes and let it infuse. Remove from the heat and sift the liquid.
Make the mix berry liquid with:
Add this two ingredients into a pot and Boil it for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, blend it, sift it and reserve.
Add 75 gr of the spiced pineapple liquid to the cornflour, dissolve it and reserve.
Mix all the mixes into a pot:
In a pot add the pineapple liquid, berry juice, dissolved cornflour, pineapple juice.
Boil it and mix it using a whisk. Mix it constantly and keep cooking until it boils.
Add the rest of the fruits and simmer for 10 minutes. Keep mixing.
Let it cool down
Add the colada morada into a container, let it cool down and enjoy warm or cold.
- 1 unit Pineapple peel and it´s core
- 1 Lt Water
- 200 gr Brown Sugar
- 4 unit Cinnamon sticks
- 4 unit Whole cloves
- 1/2 tsp All spice
- 2 unit star anise
- 1 handfull Lemongrass
- 4 unit Lemon leaves fresh or dry
- 1 unit Orange peel
- 575 gr Mix Berries
- 300 gr Pineapple juice
- 500 ml Water
- 90 gr Cornflour
- 2 unit Peaches cut in small squares
- 1 unit Pear cut in small squares
- 2 unit Nectarines cut in small squares
- 100 gr Strawberries cut in small squares
- Add into a pot: Pineapple skin and its core, water, sugar ans species.
- Boil it for 25 minutes and add the herbs (lemongrass, orange peel, lemon leaves)
- Simmer for 10 minutes
- In another pot add the mix berries and water.
- Boil it for 20 minutes. Add it into another container, Blend it and sift it.
- Add 75 gr of spiced pineapple liquid into the cornflour and dissolve it.
- Add into a pot, spiced pineapple liquid, berry mix liquid, dissolved cornflour and pineapple juice. Boil it, stirring constantly so it doesn´t stick to the bottom of the pot. Keem mixing until is thick.
- Add the other fruits into the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Don´t forget to stirr it.
- Once is done, put the Colada Morada into a container and let it cool down.
- You can enjoy it warm or cold.