Ecuadorian Drinks and Cocktails

A list of traditional Ecuadorian drink recipes and cocktail recipes that are popular in Ecuador

Ecuadorian drink and cocktail recipes

Colada de avena con naranjilla: Colada de avena is a typical drink from Ecuador made with oats, naranjilla fruit, panela or brown sugar, water and cinnamon.

Colada Morada: Colada morada is a traditional Ecuadorian drink made with fruits, spices, and purple corn flour.

Canelazo: Canelazo is warm spiced cinnamon cocktail made with cinnamon, water, sugar and aguardiente.

Chicha de piña: Chicha de piña is a spiced pineapple drink made by simmering the pineapple skins and core with hard brown sugar and spices.

Horchata lojana: Horchata lojana is a tea type drink made from a variety of herbs and flowers including escancel or bloodleaf, lemon verbena, lemon grass, mint, chamomile, lemon balm, rose geranium, among others.

Jugo de piña: Easy recipe for jugo de piña or refreshing homemade pineapple juice

Limonada: The most effective and quick recipe for making fresh homemade lemonade or limeade

Naranjillazo: Naranjillazo is a version of canelazo made with naranjilla fruit juice.

This post was last modified: October 9th, 2012 by Layla Pujol


  1. Grace Gould says:

    Hi and thank you so very much for your wonderful receipts. I grew up in Quito and my grand used to take us to El Mercado Central to a lovely lady that made a wonderful drink every Sunday.
    I think the drink had: Pilsener, eggs, sugar and some green leaves. Do you know or heard of this drink if so, please would you let me know so I can make it for my kids.
    Ps: I was a really happy child on Sundays! jjjjj

    • Hi Grace – We had something similar at the mercado in Loja. I usually avoided that one (or any green ones with eggs), though if I remember correctly the green leaves were usually alfalfa. My favorite was the carrot/beet/orange juice drink. My mom was more adventurous, I’ll ask her if she can confirm what’s in the one you mentioned.

    • I remember having something like what you describe, minus the green leaves, at Mercado de San Roque. We used to call it ponche de cerveza con huevos. I think it was just beer, milk, raw eggs, sweet spices, and sugar, all mixed together in a blender and served in tall glass mugs! Very foamy and DELICIOUS!!

  2. Hi,

    I just got back from studying abroad in Ecuador. It’s such a beautiful country. Do you have a good recipe for caipirinha? Or, do you have a recommendation as to which brand of caña is best? I’m on a hunt to find caña in the USA and some websites sell Zhumir, but I’m not sure if that’s the best. Any thoughts?

    Thank you

    • My friend from Brazil makes the best caipirinhas and I’ll share her recipe (and technique). I don’t have any specific brand recommendations for aguardiente or cachaca. I usually bring a bottle of Zhumir back from Ecuador, more for nostalgia than quality, and usually buy Colombian aguardiente in the US (since it’s the easiest one to find). There are a lot more options for cachaca, but I’m not an expert on the “best” ones – I’ll ask my friend for some recommendations when we make the caipirinhas.

  3. Michelle Davis says:


    Do you have the recipe for Canelazo on this wonderful site :)


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