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Arroz con piña Recipe (Pineapple and Rice drink)

Try this refreshing drink perfect for summer made mainly with pineapple peels and rice. Arroz con piña, as we call it in Panama, is a great way to use up all your pineapple!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Panamanian
Servings: 10 glasses
Calories: 142kcal


  • blender
  • large pot
  • a spoon or ladle


  • 1 pineapple skin
  • ½ cup white rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 can evaporated milk (315 g)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Add the pineapple peels, the rice, and the cinnamon stick in our large pot.
  • Fill with water to cover the ingredients, approximately 1.5 liters of water.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes over medium-low heat, or until the rice has been cooked. You will see the rice grain swells a lot due to the amount of water.
  • Once the rice is done, turn off the heat and remove the pineapple peels and the cinnamon stick.
  • Transfer the ingredients (rice and the liquid) from the pot into a blender.
  • Add the evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and a cup of water.
  • Blend the mixture, be careful since it’s hot. If it is too thick, you can add more water to dilute. Adjust the sugar to taste if necessary, it should taste sweet, but not overpowering like candy.
  • Store in the blender in the fridge to chill or serve with a lot of ice and enjoy!


You can use white sugar if you prefer.
Storage: Keep it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It never lasts that long at home, and It just gets drank all by dinner time.
Advance Preparation: You can make the day before and store it in the fridge, so it is chilled. 
If you have popsicle molds, fill them out with the drink and freeze, they will result in delicious pineapple and rice (arroz con piña) popsicle perfect for summer days and the kids.


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 137mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 111mg