Popular Mexican Drinks

What are meals without drinks? Mexicans take pride in serving full meals and that includes the drink, alcoholic or otherwise.  Some Mexican restaurants actually offer free food for every order of drinks, a scenario that is the other way around in another culture. Mexico offers a wide array of drinks to choose from.

Probably the most popular alcoholic drink is the Tequila. When one says “drinks from Mexico”, this alcoholic drink is what comes to mind first. It isn’t called the national drink and essence of Mexico for nothing! Tequila consists of agave cactus and is manufactured mostly in Jalisco. The taste of tequilas ranges from harsh white ones, to darker ones which are mellow in nature. It can be consumed straight with the aid of salt and lemon or lime.

Next in popularity is the Margarita, a concoction with Tequila as base mixed with lime juice and some crushed ice.  It has reached the Americas and is now popular during parties.

margarita

Here is an easy recipe for a great Margarita!

Needed for this recipe are:
•    José Cuervo Margarita
•    3 parts José Cuervo Margarita Mix
•    1 part José Cuervo Especial Reposada
•    1/2 cup crushed ice


How to make it:
1.    Moisten the rim of a large margarita glass with a piece of salt.
2.    Dip the rim onto a small plate of margarita salt.
3.    Mix together ingredients in a shaker over ice.
4.    Strain into the glass.
5.    Garnish with lime.

Then there is the Sangrita, made from sour oranges and juice of crushed pomegranates. It is sipped with a tequila shot as a mixer or chaser. This drink should not be mistaken for the Sangria of Spain.

Mexico also boasts of the best beers there are: Cerveza, Bohemia, Pacifico, Negra Modelo and Superior. And those are not even the complete list!

Some Mexican regions have their own distilled spirits to brag about. These spirits are mostly made from plants that are native to the specific region. A Mezcal for instance is as popular as tequila and is mainly produced and often bottled with a small worm inside in the state of Oaxaca. Damiana is another which is a herbal based distilled spirit made from an herb that can only be found in Baja California and the state of Sinaloa.  The appeal for Damiana is higher because it is known to be an aphrodisiac.

For non-alcoholic drinks, Mexicans love the one that originated from Spain called Horchata. This drink is made from ground nuts that are mixed with sugar, water and lemon juice. The mixture is then filtered and chilled making it the ideal drink during hot days. This drink is rumored to be a cure for a hangover and is frequently served at breakfast time.

Agua Frescas, on the other hand, are basically just fresh fruit juices. Favorite fruits are watermelon, mango and strawberries blended with water and sugar. Mexican love this for it is a very cooling and refreshing drink.

AGUA FRESCA RECIPE:

Needed for this recipe are:
•     Fresh ripe fruit such as pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, strawberries
•     Granulated white sugar
•    Water

How to make it:
1.    Blend fruit/s until smooth.
2.    Add water to thin to a light consistency.
3.    Put sugar to sweeten.


Just like Coca-Cola and Pepsi of the US, Mexico has its own brands of soda called Sidral, which is an apple-flavored drink. Mexicans are also chocolate, coffee and tea drinkers. The traditional Mexican hot chocolate is foamy. A variation of the chocolate drink is the Champurrado, a special hot chocolate thickened with masa and is flavored with pilocillo and aniseeds. As for the coffee, they drink it black or con leche (with milk). A coffee variation is the Café de Olla, one that is flavored with cinnamon and aniseeds. And then Mexicans commonly enjoy mint or chamomile tea.

Again, what is a Mexican meal without a drink? Incomplete!