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Guarapo (Sugarcane Juice) Recipe

Guarapo (Sugarcane Juice) Recipe

Guarapo is a traditional Latin American drink made from sugarcane juice. It is a refreshing beverage that is popular in Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Puerto Rico and Brazil

To make guarapo, fresh sugarcane stalks are crushed to extract the juice. The juice is then served as a natural, sweet and thirst-quenching drink. In some variations, guarapo is mixed with lime juice or served over ice for added flavor and coolness.

The taste of guarapo is often described as being similar to a combination of sugar water and a subtle grassy flavor.

Origin & Cultural Significance

The term guarapo is derived from the Spanish word for sugarcane juice.

Guarapo has a long history in Latin American culture and is deeply rooted in the region’s agricultural heritage. Sugarcane has been cultivated in the region for centuries, and the practice of extracting and consuming sugarcane juice dates back to pre-Columbian times.

Guarapo is often enjoyed at festivals and celebrations as well as everyday life. In many Latin American countries, roadside stands and marketplaces offer guarapo as a traditional street food.

It is commonly consumed as a natural remedy for dehydration or as a cooling drink during hot summer months. The process of extracting sugarcane juice and preparing guarapo has become an integral part of many local culinary traditions.


American Guarapo Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Guarapo is a traditional Latin American drink made from sugarcane juice.


  • Fresh sugarcane juice - 1 cup
  • Lime - 1
  • Honey or simple syrup - 1 tbsp
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)


  1. Start by preparing the sugarcane juice. If you have access to fresh sugarcane, peel and chop it into small pieces. Place the sugarcane pieces in a blender or juicer and blend until you get a smooth juice. If you don't have fresh sugarcane, you can use store-bought sugarcane juice.
  2. Squeeze the lime to extract its juice. You can adjust the amount of lime juice according to your taste preferences.
  3. In a pitcher or large mixing bowl, combine the sugarcane juice, lime juice, and honey (or simple syrup). Stir well to ensure the honey (or simple syrup) is fully dissolved.
  4. Fill four glasses with ice cubes.
  5. Pour the guarapo mixture over the ice cubes in each glass, dividing it evenly.
  6. If desired, garnish each glass with fresh mint leaves for a refreshing touch.
  7. Stir the guarapo gently to incorporate the flavors and chill it further.
  8. Serve the American Guarapo immediately and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 49gProtein: 0g

Nutrition is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. It is for general information purposes and is only a rough estimation.

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