Cold Got You Down? Have Some Emoliente!


If you’ve been living in Lima, or any part of Peru for that matter, then you have surely heard about Peru’s national beverage, emoliente. In this article, we share more about this popular, warm drink.

This delicious drink can be found on street corners of Peru and even in restaurants and cafés. If you haven’t tried it, then I highly recommend you do because it is filled with rich properties that help the body. 

What is emoliente?

This national treasure is infused with herbs such as cola de caballo (horsetail), cebada tostada (roasted barley), sugar, lime juice, linaza (linseed), alfalfa, boldo, and of course, fruit such as pineapple and membrillo (quince fruit). Street vendors may also offer customers the additional maca, muña, sábila (aloe vera), chia, pollen, honey or algarrobina to combine to the traditional emoliente.


What is it good for?

If you’re suffering from a cold, gastritis, or just plain old digestive problems, then emoliente is the perfect cure. It is also an anti-inflammatory and diuretic.


Check out this video to learn how to prepare your very own emoliente at home!


(Video: Martin’s Peruvian Kitchen/YouTube)


Tip: To get one of the best emolientes in town, try my favorite vendor in Barranco, Obdulia!

For an alternative recipe for this national drink, read “How to Make Hot Peruvian Emoliente.”



Natasha grew up in a suburb of Chicago and moved to Peru two years ago and studied Bilingual Administrative Assistance and General Management at the British Academy. In her spare time she loves to be with family and her maltese, Maya.