Guinilu is a Filipino cold drink that brings back fond memories of summer back home. Vendors with carts lining up at the gates of schools would sell this cool drink. The Kapampangan version of this drink includes coconut milk with red jello which makes the drink pink in color. Other variants of Ginilu or Guinumis as other would call it have pinipig (puff rice). This refreshing cooler is a perfect combo for bibingki or egg pie.

guinilo in a pitcher
Guinilo col drinks for summer!

This cold drink is popular especially on Good Friday! A good thirst quencher!

guinilu with straw

The secret ingredient is always LOVE

Tips for Guinilu

  • ICE! lots of ice!


The Kapampangan version of this drink includes coconut milk with red jello which makes the drink pink in color.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: cooler, drink, guinilo, juice
Servings: 1 liter/pitcher
Author: Mia


  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar add more if needed
  • 2 bars red gelatin agar-agar


  • In a pot, boil 5 cups of water and cut and add the red gelatin. Let cook until gelatine dissolves.
  • Transfer in a rectangular pyrex dish and let cool down or until it’s has a firm elastic consistency (it should be wiggly/jiggly). When it’s firm, cut into cubes.
  • Prepare your pitcher, add cold water, coconut milk, jelly cubes and sugar. Stir and taste to adjust sweetness.
  • Serve in a glass with lots of ice! Bon Appetit!


  1. This looks delicious and refreshing.
    I’m wondering what you mean by “2 bars red gelatine”
    Can I substitute lychee jelly for it? 🙂

    1. Author

      Hi Dulce,

      First of all, thank you for your comment. Gelatin bars or agar-agar are store bought dry jellies. You boil them in water and let them dissolve then transfer in a container to cool down until it becomes soft jelly (these are tasteless). I haven’t tried using lychee jelly with it yet because I like the pure coconut taste when drinking this beverage. I added a photo in the recipe. I hope this helps.Don’t forget to rate us! Keep on cooking! 😉

  2. Hello! What makes Guinilo different from other drinks? What makes it Kapampangan? Thankyou!

    1. Author

      Hi Brian,
      It’s a traditional drink especially on Holy Week in Pampanga. Since, meat can’t be consumed during the Lenten season, this is a great substitute together with a variety of kakanin.
      Aside from being refreshing, what set’s it apart from most of the other samalamig is the use of coconut milk. Hope this helps. Thanks!

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