Guarapo Costeño (Colombian Sugar Cane and Lime Drink)

by Erica Dinho on July 23, 2013

Guarapo Costeño (Colombian Sugar Cane and Lime Drink)

Have you ever had Guarapo Costeño? It’s a traditional Colombian cold drink, very popular on the Coast of Colombia, also known as Agua de Panela con Limón in other parts of the country.

Guarapo Costeño is made by boiling water with Panela, and mixing it with fresh lime juice. For those who are not familiar with Panela or Piloncillo, it is a Latin product that is made with sugarcane and is sweet and brown. It is sold in blocks or grated, and the flavor is similar to brown sugar. Panela can be found in Latin grocery stores or online at

Recetas de Comida ColombianaGuarapo Costeño (Colombian Sugar Cane and Lime Drink)

Guarapo Costeño (Colombian Sugar Cane and Lime Drink) Colombian Food Recipes

Guarapo Costeño is a very refreshing drink and perfect for warm days. You can adjust the amount of water and panela depending on how sweet you like your drinks.

Buen provecho!

Guarapo Costeño (Colombian Sugar Cane and Lime Drink)



  • 7 cups of water
  • 1/2 pound of panela
  • Juice of 3 limes or to your taste

Guarapo Costeño (Colombian Sugar Cane and Lime Drink)


  1. Combine the water and panela in a medium pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and let it cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Let it cool and add the lime juice. Mix well and place in the refrigerator. Serve very cold with ice cubes.
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1 Daniel Sogamoso "El Travieso Colombiano July 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Hola mi Paisita Erica,
Me encanta tus recetas, son muy parecidas a las de mi mama y claro y creci comiendo, tomando, bebendo y gustando nuestra comida y estoy tratando de levantar el nivel de esa comida rustica sin olvidar del sabor y integridad. Buena noticia pa’ ti, salio mi Genieo y tenia propaganda en la tercera anuncia y llego por aca: search.genieo en la pagina principal estas a la mano izquierda abajo de noticias mas populares. Bacano!
Un abrazo,
Daniel “El Travieso Colombiano”


2 rosita July 23, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Ohhh una delicia irresistible tenemos amigos en Colombia nos prepararon esta bebida bien helada sencillo y ricooooo,abrazos y saludos.


3 rebecca July 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM

looks like a lovely summer drink and love cane juice had in India


4 Juliana July 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM

So interesting this dehydrated sugar cane…looks really refreshing with lemon…perfect for this warm weather.
Hope you are having a great week Erica :D


5 Angie@Angie's Recipes July 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Totally refreshing and perfect for the summer!


6 lisaiscooking July 24, 2013 at 6:24 PM

That looks so delightfully refreshing! Wish I could grab a tall glass right now.


7 Joanne July 25, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Mmm such a lovely and refreshing drink for summer!


8 Norma - Platanos, Mangoes and Me! July 26, 2013 at 5:05 AM

A great thirst quencher and lovely pictures.


9 grace July 26, 2013 at 12:54 PM

apparently, refreshing is a popular word to describe this drink, but it’s the best one i can think of!


10 Gigi July 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Try it hot and you will get a fantastic remedy for colds! drink it before going to bed :)
Asian contries have their own version of Panela, try any Indian shop, they call it GUR.


11 esther October 25, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Is alcohol ever added? If so, what kind?


12 che December 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Aguardiente and cinnamon


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