When it comes to drinks, Mexico has way more to offer than just Margaritas and Tequila. And Mexican drinks are just as enticing as the food. Here are some of our favorites.
Here in Mexico, mezcal is all the rage. Mezcal is very similar to Tequila, but made of other types of Agave and with a different production process, which gives it a different flavor. You can either drink your mezcal straight, or enjoy it in a delicious drink. Check out Don Mezcal on the 10th street in Playa del Carmen, a popular bar known for their variety of mezcal drinks. Or get a shot of flavored mezcal in La Mezcalinna on the 12th street, just around the corner of Hotel Playa Palms. How about a passion fruit mezcal for example?
The most traditional drink in the Yucatan Peninsula is Xtabetún, which has its origins in a ceremonial liquor used by the Mayas. Xtabetún is a very sweet anise liquor with fermented honey from the flower bearing the same name. It’s usually served straight on ice with honey, but can also be mixed with lime. Order yours in La Cueva del Chango, a cozy restaurant on the 38th street, serving Mexican delicacies.
You cannot discuss Mexican drinks without mentioning Pulque, the most Mexican drink of them all. The Aztecs already savored the beverage made from the fermented sap of the agave plant. They considered it a sacred beverage, and only a certain class of people were allowed to taste it. Pulque has a very specific taste which reminds of yeast, and is of a rather viscous consistency. But don’t you worry, nowadays Pulque is served with different flavors. Here in Playa del Carmen you can order it in La Perla Pixan Cuisine & Mezcal Store on the 34th street.
Beer With A Twist
You are more of a beer drinker? Good for you, because Mexico does not only have plenty of different beer brands, but also several very typical ways to prepare it. The mixtures may sound strange at first, but you should definitely give it a try.
For a cautious start go for a chelada, beer with just some lime juice and salt. If you’re more adventurous, try a michelada, which besides of lime juice is served with Worcestershire sauce. Then there is the famous ojo rojo, beer mixed with clamato, which is some sort of tomato-clam juice, lime and salsas. Of course there are also fruit flavored beers, with pieces of mango, pineapple, shrimps… and for those with an especially sweet tooth, try the Gomichela, beer with gummy bears.
The Cheladas, Micheladas and Ojo Rojos are served at most bars throughout Mexico and of course in Playa del Carmen. You find the biggest variety, including flavoured beers, at Las Helodias. The bar is located on the 28th street, close to Mamita’s beach club. Or ask for your michelada at our beach club.
Non Alcoholic Drinks
A typically Mexican beverage does not necessarily have to be alcoholic. For example, try an ice-cold “agua de horchata”, made of rice, cinnamon and vanilla, sometimes containing also almonds or coconut. “Agua de horchata” is only one of many different “aguas frescas”. They are made of all sorts of fruits and seeds, mixed with water and sugar and you can get them nearly everywhere. Try also “agua de jamaica”, Hibiscus water, and the very healthy and refreshing “agua de pepino con limon”, cucumber water with lime.
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