Lulada (Colombian Lulo Drink)

Lulada (Colombian Lulo Drink)

Lulo is an exotic fruit with a citrus flavor that is popular in Colombia. It is also known as naranjilla, in other Latin American countries. Lulada, is a popular, cold, and refreshing drink from El Valle region of the country. It is made with mashed lulos, lime juice, water, sugar and ice.

Lulada (Colombian Lulo Drink)

There are other traditional Colombian drinks made with this fruit as well, such as champús, and jugo de lulo, the latter being the most common way to use lulos in Colombia, and is one of my favorites.

However, we don’t just use lulo to make drinks! There many other Colombian recipes that use this delicious fruit. Some examples are, lulo ice cream, lulo mousse (Esponjado), tarts and savory sauces for meat or poultry.

Unfortunately, it’s very hard to find fresh lulos in the United States. I am however able find frozen pulp, frozen whole lulos, and canned lulos with syrup, at my local Latin grocery store. I used the frozen whole lulos to make this recipe, and it was refreshing and delicious.

Buen provecho!

Lulada (Colombian Lulo Drink)



(4 servings)

  • 6 lulos, peeled, diced
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • 5 cups of water
  • 3 cups of crushed ice
  • Sugar to your taste

Lulada (Colombian Lulo Drink)


  1. Place the lulos, sugar and a splash of water into a bowl.
  2. Mash the lulos, sugar, and water together with the tip of the handle of a wooden spoon or a fork.
  3. Add the rest of the water, lime juice, and stir until combined. Fill each glass with ice, and add the lulo mixture.
  4. Garnish each glass with a lime slice and serve with a spoon and a straw on the side.
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  1. says

    This post is perfect for scorching summer! In India, I haven’t seen lulos yet. But I like the drink recipe too, may try it using lemons that we get here. Or should I try it on musambi fruit? Just wondering. And hey, do keep posting.

  2. says

    One of the things I like most about the Caribbean and Latin America countries is the extraordinary fresh juices that are made. No doubt that this juice is delicious!


  3. says

    Naranjillas or lulos are another essential ingredient for this oat drink, it is hard to describe the taste of this great fruit, but most of time when I meet someone who has been to Ecuador and we talk about the food I always hear how much they loved the fresh fruit juices, especially the naranjilla juice.Even this basic version of colada gets complicated when you live far away from fresh naranjillas, luckily though it is possible to find the naranjillas either frozen or the frozen pulp at many Latin grocery stores, which is not the same as using the fresh ingredient, but it is still very close. I even remember making colada with orange juice when I first moved to the US and could not find naranjillas anywhere.This colada or fresco can be served ice cold or warm, most of time when we had it with breakfast it was just made and we would drink it warm, while in the afternoon when we got back from school we would have it cold, it also depends on what part of Ecuador you grew up in, if you lived in the Coast region you probably always had it ice cold, but if you lived in the Sierra or highlands you’ve probably had it both ways.Here in Seattle we like to drink it warm during the cold months and cold on those occasional hot days.You can also adjust the amount of water based on how thick or thin you would like the consistency of the drink, same thing applies to the amount of panela and how sweet you want the colada.

    • says

      Hey Anthony! My wife is Colombian, and she told me about this fruit. Where in the Seattle area have you been able to find it? We have only found the pulp. Thanks :)

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