Ever Try These?

topic posted Sun, February 13, 2005 - 7:36 AM by  Unsubscribed
I am just copying and pasting this from another board I just posted on. However, I'd be interested in knowing how many from Seattle have heard or tried any of the following drinks from Mexico --


The sweet sap extracted from the piña (heart) of the agave plant. It is fermented for several days and then distilled to make tequila and mezcal, or fermented alone to make pulque. Aguamiel is sold as a regional drink in the states of Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo (where sellers generally add chile).

A type of mezcal prepared from wild maguey in the state of Sonora. Can be legally produced since 1992.

Aged, sweet pulque, with added red chili and toasted corn leaves, then fermented over a low fire. It is consumed as a domestic and ritual beverage in Tlaxcala.

Mezcal from the Chichihualco de los Bravos in the state of Guerrero.

Chilocle, chiloctli
Pulque fermented with chile ancho, epazote (an aromatic plant), salt and garlic. Consumed both as a domestic and ritual beverage in the state of Guerrero. It is also the traditional beverage of Puebla, Tlaxcala and Mexico.

Spirits (aguadrientes) made from sugar cane or mezcal in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Regional drink made form distilled aguamiel.

Pulque mixed with brown honey and palo de timbre, from Puebla.

Curado de fresa
Beverage made from pulque mixed with strawberries or strawberry juice.

A regional drink made with sugar or corn cane juice, pulque and honey, from the states of Veracruz and Tabasco.

Jarrito loco
Crazy little jar: Mexico City beverage prepared with tequila, rum, sweet anisette, orange juice and grapefruit juice, served in a little clay jar.

Mezcal made with lechugilla (a wild maguey). Consumed on special occasions as a traditional beverage in Sonora, Chihuahua and Puebla.

Traditional, strong beverage made with pulque, corn, banana and unrefined brown sugar. It is consumed during festivities in the state of Queretaro.

Domestic beverage made with pulque, opuntia and water, consumed Tlaxcala and San Luis Potosi.

Traditional beverage of Puebla, made from sugar or corn cane juice, pulque, unrefined brown sugar and palo de timbre.

Agave-based spirit mixed with orange juice and cinnamon. Consumed as a domestic and sometimes ritual drink in the state of Guerrero.

Ponche de pulque
Pulque punch: a mix of pulque, lemon water, clove and nutmeg from the states of Puebla, Tlaxcala and Hidalgo.

Spirit distilled from agave in Jalisco, known around Puerto Vallarta. Now can be legally produced.

Mess: a liquor of opuntia juice, peel of timbre and mezcal from Puebla, Tlaxcala and San Luis Potosi.

Spicy mix of tomato juice, orange juice, chile powder and other ingredients, used as a chaser or co-sip with tequila or mezcal.

Savia de maguey
Maguey sap: a type of non fermented pulque used in some festivities in Jalisco.

Regional mezcal made in Sonora.

A beverage made from pulque with maguey worms, used in some traditional festivities and special occasions in the state of Oaxaca.

Wort: the fermented pulp and juices of the agave piñas. It is also the name of a native fermented drink similar to pulque, made in a clay pot with agave pulp and juice, clove, and cinnamon. Boiled barley and unrefined brown sugar are added later, then the mix is fermented another two days. It may also be prepared with pulque mixed with honey and boiled with anisette.

Beverage from the blue agave from the state of Hidalgo.

A Mexico City cocktail prepared with tequila, orange juice and grapefruit juice.

A rare type of small, wild maguey, grown in the shade at high altitudes in Oaxaca state, used for making an expensive brand of limited production. super-premium mezcal.

Little Bull; A beverage from the state of Guerrero made from mezcal, vinegar, green chili, onion, tomato, and cheese. In Mexico and Morelos, it is tequila or aguardiente mixed with orange juice, onion, and chilis in vinegar.

A type of mezcal from Tuxcacuesco, Jalisco.

Green; beverage prepared with aguamiel, mint, lemon and vodka. Served very cold in the state of Tlaxcala.

Beverage prepared with the lower part of the Zotolero maguey in the state of Puebla.
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  • Re: Ever Try These?

    Sun, February 13, 2005 - 10:38 AM
    Never tried any of the mexican ones listed however I did go to Cuba in 2003 and had some really good drinks. I cannot tell you how much I loved traveling down there, by the way - if there is any chance in your lifetime you can make a trip there, especially while Castro is still alive or before the embargo ends, GO. It is a singular, amazing, heartbreaking, incredible place to go.

    So - in Trinidad which is a very old town on the Carribean side where foreign tourists often go for beach vacations, they have a drink called a bombasas. These were originally something drank by soldiers there, and they are served in these funny little round clay cups. All it is is water, honey, sugar, rum and you stir it with a little piece of sugar cane. Super super yummy.

    Of course everyone loves a mojito, but a real Cuban mojito with fresh mint is about to die for. Nothing in the US compares.

    Cuba Libre is fun to order cus it sounds so much more festive than rum and coke.

    Cuban rum is AMAZING. They make a dark 7 year old rum called anjeo (I think I am spelling that right) that you can sip like whiskey. Bacardi bottles a variety for sale in the US, but it does not taste anywhere near as good. One of the rum factories the original Bacardi family made rum in is still in Cuba, no longer bottled under the Bacardi brand obviously, but the state run distillery there still makes the rum and ages it in the old Bacardi barrels, amazingly good stuff.

    Also the beer there is fairly decent, a lager much like Heineken - the breweries are state owned and controlled, your choices are Cristal or Buccaneer.
    • Re: Ever Try These?

      Sun, February 13, 2005 - 12:50 PM
      "Cuba Libre is fun to order cus it sounds so much more festive than rum and coke."

      Haha! That's the same reason that I drink them!
      • Re: Ever Try These?

        Mon, February 14, 2005 - 3:29 AM
        but cuba libres have LIME JUICE splashed on top, negroids (!!!)

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          Re: Ever Try These?

          Mon, February 14, 2005 - 3:33 AM
          "Free Cuba" is the name of the drink? What's the story behind the name?
          • Re: Ever Try These?

            Mon, February 14, 2005 - 3:48 AM
            it's got a 'Fidel' behind it.

            if you ever ask a bartender for a 'Fidel', they'll give you a shot of chartreuse/tequilla...
            • Re: Ever Try These?

              Mon, February 14, 2005 - 6:52 AM
              It has something to do with Teddy Roosevelt going down there with the rough riders at the turn of the century during the Spanish American war. The soldiers ordered a drink and were told by the bartender to toast to a Free Cuba, and the drinks they got were a rum and coke (but down there you are supposed to put lime and bitters in it, however I don't remember them ever being anything else than just rum and coke). Down there now the name of the drink is sort of like a wry joke, like the name is interpreted as sarcasm.

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