Mexico has many flavorful drinks that are just begging to be tasted! As you’re walking around the city you won’t get far without seeing a street vendor along the road with the most colorful looking refreshments. I’ve put together some of the most common drinks you’ll find…give ‘em a try!
- Agua Frescas
Let’s start with the most common drink you’ll see, the agua fresca. Literally translating to “cool waters”, these beverages combine water with fruits, seeds, and even flowers for a mouthwatering refreshment. Some of the most common agua frescas are:
Horchata – Made from seeds, usually almonds, sesame seeds, and rice.
Jamaica – This is a cold hibiscus tea made from the hibiscus flower.
Fruit – You’ll see many different fruit options including pineapple, guava, and melon.
Lime and chia seeds – This one is similar to lemonade.
Tamarindo – My favorite! This drink (and many Mexican candies) are made from the fruit pulp of the tamarind tree.
- Arroz con Leche
This can be made many different ways, but basically it is sweet rice milk that’s typically drunk in the mornings. Sometimes you can also find it as a dessert. In this case, the consistency is more of a rice pudding that’s sweetened with cinnamon and raisins.
- Café de Olla
If you are a coffee lover, you must try café de olla! This traditional way of preparing coffee in Mexico is delicious. The coffee is consumed black and has a sweet cinnamon flavor. It’s usually served in an earthen clay pot, which provides additional flavors to the coffee.
- Ponche de Frutas
This is a Christmas fruit punch that’s typically consumed on Christmas Eve. It is served hot and in clay jugs with lots of fruit. It is optional to add rum or another alcoholic beverage.
- Atole de Elote
Dating back to the Aztec empire, atole de elote (or simply atol or atole) is a traditional beverage made from milk and masa (the dough used to make tortillas). It is typically flavored with sugar and spices such as cinnamon and vanilla, and is served warm. Although consumed all year long, it’s also a traditional drink during the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead.
- Champurrado (Atole de Cocoa)
This is a chocolate-based atole! It’s a popular beverage during Mexican holidays such as Day of the Dead and during the Christmas season. Although it can be drunk anytime, champurrados are typically served with churros in the morning. Yum!
Licuados are similar to smoothies! They’re a blended beverage of milk, fruit and ice.
This drink is made from chile, corn, and cocoa, and is typically served cold. It’s flavored with spices such as anise, pepper, ginger and cinnamon.
Over to you! What’s your favorite Mexican drink?