Nicaraguan drink: el pinolillo
Pinolillo is a traditional Nicaraguan drink that has transcended time, orginiating with the indiginous people who populated this region long ago. Pinolillo is made using a powder of dried, toasted and ground corn kernals, cacao, spices and either milk or water. The pinolillo that we make in ChocoMuseo always contains the best organic cacao – well fermented, dried, toasted and winnowed. Once the cacao is ready, we mix it with toasted corn, our special spice mixture of cinnamon and cloves and a dash of sugar and grind all the ingredientes together to create a fine aromatic powder. In ChocoMuseo we mix our homemade pinolillo powder with milk to create the delicious, Nicaraguan specialty.
In Nicaragua the drink is served in traditional cups called jicaras. Jicaras are made using the gourd-like outside of the fruits of the Jicaro tree. These jicaras are individually created by hand with elaborate carvings of local flowers and images of the countryside, converting the individual cups into true works of art.