Spiced pineapple drink {Chicha de piña}

Author: Layla Pujol from https://www.laylita.com/recipes/spiced-pineapple-drink-chicha/

Tested and approved at Beelarong morning tea

Yield: ~8-10 servings

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


  • The skins and core of 1 pineapple, organic if possible and well washed

  • ½ to ¾ lb of panela (piloncillo) or brown sugar, whole or in chunks – more or less to taste

  • Assorted spices: cinnamon sticks, all spice peppers, cloves, anise, etc (we recommend ½ cinnamon stick, a couple of cloves, one whole all spice pepper and one star anise )

  • 10-12 cups of water


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan or pot

  2. Bring to a boil and simmer partially covered for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

  3. Let cool down, unless you are drinking it warm or hot, you can drink it immediately or let it rest refrigerated to allow the spices and pineapple flavor to concentrate.