Chicha morada is a sweet Peruvian beverage made from purple corn, a variant of Zea mays native to the Peruvian Andes, and spices. Non-alcoholic, it is a type of chicha usually made by boiling the corn with pineapple, cinnamon, clove, and sugar.
Its use and consumption date back to the pre-colonial era of Peru, even prior to the creation of the Inca empire. The traditional preparation of the drink involves boiling the corn in water with pineapple and, after the juices have gotten into the water, letting it cool. Sugar, cinnamon, and clove are often added for extra spice and flavor.
Invented in France, the Mimosa is a cocktail-like drink composed of one part dry champagne (or other sparkling wine) and one part thoroughly chilled orange juice. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute with a morning brunch, wedding and would be great for garden parties.
MCCN thought we would explore idea of a Virgin Mimosa. Check out this great cocktail recipe from drinksmixer.com:
1. Champagne + Orange Juice | Orange peel garnish 2. Muddled Peaches and Brown Sugar + Orange Juice + Champagne | Peach and Orange spiral garnish 3. Muddled Blueberries and Organic Sugar + Lemonade + Champagne | Organic sugar rim and additional blueberries 4. Champagne + Splash of Lime Juice + Grapefruit Juice | Grapefruit wedge and Lime splice for garnish
Coquito is a popular Christmas beverage in Puerto Rico. It has similarities to American eggnog, but the use of creme de coco or coconut milk gives it a unique island flavor. A version with eggs, known as ponche crema, is a favorite in Venezuela.
4 to 6 servings
- Cinnamon sticks — 2 to 3 each
- Water — 2 cups
- Sweetened, condensed milk — 1 (14-ounce) can
- Evaporated milk — 1 (12-ounce) can
- Crème de coco (for example, Coco Lopez) — 1 (12-ounce) can
- Rum — 1 to 2 cups
- Ground cinnamon — for garnish
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Mote con huesillo is a traditional Chilean summer-time non-alcoholic drink made from wheat and peaches and often sold in street stands or vendor carts. It is a non-alcoholic beverage consisting of a sweet clear nectar like liquid made with dried peaches (huesillo) cooked in sugar, water and cinnamon, and then once cooled mixed with fresh cooked husked wheat (mote). The sweet clear nectar is usually made with sugar, but can also be supplemented or replaced with honey.
When the drink is served without the dried peaches, it is called a “descarozados”
The huesillos, or dried peaches, are washed and soaked the night prior to preparation in order to rehydrate them. Once hydrated, they are cooked for thirty minutes or more in a sugar and water mixture, optionally with some natural cinnamon sticks. To give the drink its honey hue, sugar is heated in a sauce pan in order to caramelize it and bring it to a rich orange ruby color, which is added to the syrup mixture although this method is not always used. While the huesillos are cooking, the mote, or husked wheat, is cooked in water until tender. Once the mote are cooked, they are drained and added to the sweet huesillos drink, and left to cool. This combination is served chilled, in a tall glass with a tall dessert spoon for easy serving.