Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

This is a traditional cold drink from the department of El Valle del Cauca, located in the pacific region of Colombia. Champús is a very refreshing drink served with a lot of ice, made with dried corn, pineapple, panela, mashed lulo, cinnamon, cloves and orange tree leaves. I didn’t find the orange tree leaves, so I used orange zest instead for this recipe.

Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

Street vendors with their carts are on virtually every corner in El Valle del Cauca selling this refreshing drink, but you’ll also find it served in restaurants as well. Champús is the perfect drink for warm summer days although it’s practically a snack by itself. I Hope you like it as much as I do.

Buen provecho!

Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)



  • 2 cups of dried corn
  • 1/2 pound panela
  • 7 lulos, peeled and mashed
  • 1 pineapple peeled and chopped
  • 4 leaves of orange or 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves

Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)


  1. Soak the dried corn overnight.
  2. Rinse it well and place it a large pot with the water and cook over medium heat until the corn is soft, about 2 to 3 hours, stir occasionally, while adding more water if needed.
  3. When tender, remove a cup of corn, grind and then return it in the same water. Apart prepare a melao with 1 cup of water, panela, the orange leaves, cloves and cinnamon.
  4. Add the melado, the mashed lulos and pineapple. Stir everything well, let cool and add ice. Add more water and sugar if necessary.
  5. Champús (Lulo, Pinneaple and Corn Drink)

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  1. Linda Collazos says

    My husband is Caleño, and when we are in Cali, I always insist on having some champus. It is delicious, refreshing, and good nourishment.

  2. Jorge says

    Hi Erika, thanks for this very interesting recipe, have a question, what kind of corn do you use?

    Also I see you are getting more into photographing your recipes, perhaps one of such photos should include a shot with all the ingredients. I always find this system helpful particularly when using ingredients I am not familiar with.


  3. Tom McManus says

    Erica — In the States, have you been able to find Lulu or are you using persimmon instead?

    • Consuelo says

      Yo encargo el lulo en polvo, marca Tang de Colombia. Tambien puedes usar kiwis. O tambien venden la pulpa de lulo congelada marca Goya in The States.

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