Mexican gastronomy includes everything, therefore, drinks cannot be missing, there are interesting, attractive and daring, cold, hot and at the same time, with a lot, a little or no alcohol, all of them very different, however, what they all have in common is the tradition behind their preparation, full of magic and flavors of each region of this great country.
Apart from celebrating with the classics: pulque, mezcal, tequila, let's make a place for the drinks that have also been part of the pre-Hispanic ceremonies that accompany, to this day, our culture. Here you will find five very popular non-alcoholic beverages whose basic ingredient is corn:
As its name suggests, it is atole with chile, whose main ingredients are corn kernels, epazote, and green chiles, with just the right amount of water and corn, so it is neither thick nor liquid. Due to its ingredients, chileatole provides mainly proteins, complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium.
A refreshing drink whose ingredients include, in addition to corn and water, ground mesquite pods, yes mesquite, that strong tree resistant to drought and salinity typical of the beautiful lands of the Mezquital Valley, in Hidalgo and Guanajuato, where milk is added and mezquitatole is obtained.
Traditional food from Tabasco is prepared with nixtamalized corn dough balls wrapped in banana leaves that are left to ferment and consumed dissolved in water as a refreshing drink. Some variants of pozol include ground cocoa, sugar or honey, coconut pulp, or different kinds of dried, roasted, and ground chiles.
Traditional drink from the state of Oaxaca, this drink was used in planting and harvesting ceremonies; it is a refreshing, nutritious, and energizing drink, made with corn, cocoa, the mamey almond, and the rosita de cacao, which comes from the rosital tree, a beautiful and exotic tree considered a strange species that botanically has nothing to do with cocoa.
Tascalate or taxcalate
This potion is originally prepared with corn, cocoa, chili, and achiote, with the colonization sugar, pine nuts, and cinnamon were added. Originally from the highlands of Chiapas, this drink, due to the particularity of its ingredients, confers magical powers, according to beliefs. In the indigenous communities that use to consume it, it is known as a drink dedicated to love.
The roots of all these delicacies are in the magic of the rituals of our pre-Hispanic ancestors who took advantage of the goodness of the land, and thanks to small and medium-sized producers, who continue to cultivate with all their knowledge not only the fields but our entire culture, today we continue to savor beverages that have and give us life.
The roots of all these delicacies are in the magic of the rituals of pre-Hispanic ancestors who took advantage of the goodness of the land, and thanks to small and medium producers, who continue to cultivate with all their knowledge not only the fields but the entire culture.