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Colombian Beverages

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Colombian Beverages

Avena means oats in English and it’s a traditional Colombian drink that is rich, creamy and delicious. It is my mom’s favorite Colombian drink that is great with breakfast or you could serve it at any time of the day.


½ cup old fashioned oatmeal
4 cups milk
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch ground cloves
3 ½ tablespoons sugar


1. Place the water, milk and oatmeal in a medium pot over medium heat and cook about 15 minutes, stirring often with a wooden spoon.

2. Add the cinnamon stick, ground cloves and sugar and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 more minutes.

3. Remove the pot from the heat and set aside to cool.

4. Place the oatmeal mixture in a plastic container and refrigerate for a least 3 hours.

5. Discard the cinnamon stick and place the mixture in a blender and blend for 2 minutes. Add more water if you like a thinner consistency.

6. Serve cold.



Colombian Tree Tomato Juice (Jugo de Tomate de Arbol en Leche)

Tomate de Arbol or tamarillo is a popular Colombian fruit. It is tangy with a little sweetness, is a great source of Vitamin A, B6 and C and also contains Vitamin E and Thiamine. In Colombia it is used in juice, desserts, and sauces. In the United States I found it frozen in the Latin aisle at the supermarket.

(4 servings)

4 Tree tomatoes or Tomates de Arbol
2 Cups milk
¼ cup crushed ice
4 tablespoons sugar


1. Place all the ingredients except the ice in a blender and blend until smooth.

2. Strain the juice through a sieve.

3. Pour the juice back in the blender, add the crushed ice and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!



Colombian Banana Drink (Jugo de Banano en Leche)

We Colombians love fruit juices and in fact, we end almost all our meals with them. Jugos de fruta are very popular in Colombian restaurants and homes. My mom would make a pitcher of some sort of fruit juice every day for us when I was growing up. Some people prefer the juices made with water and some prefer them with milk, either way if you visit a Colombian home, they will offer you juice instead of soda, as that is part of our culture. This banana drink is one of my favorites. Try it!

(2 Servings)

1 cup milk
2 ripe large bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoon sugar
Pinch ground cinnamon
¼ cup crushed ice


1. Place all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

2. Serve immediately and enjoy.



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