Mexico City has so many flavorful non-alcoholic Mexican 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 with the most colorful looking refreshments. I’ve put together some of the most common drinks you’ll find. Give ‘em a try!
8 Authentic Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks You MUST Try
1. Agua Frescas
Let’s start with the most common drink you’ll find, the agua fresca. Which literally translates 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.
2. Arroz con Leche
Arroz con leche (rice with milk) can be made many different ways. But typically, it’s a sweet rice milk that’s drunk in the mornings. Sometimes you can also find it as a dessert. In this case, the consistency is similar to rice pudding, which is then sweetened with cinnamon and raisins.
3. Café de Olla
If you are a coffee lover, you must try café de olla! Café de olla is a traditional way of preparing coffee in Mexico. And it’s 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.
4. Ponche de Frutas
Ponche de frutas (fruit punch) 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.
5. Atole de Elote
Dating back to the Aztec empire, atole de elote (sometimes referred to simply as atol or atole) is a traditional beverage made from milk and masa. Masa is 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.
6. Champurrado (Atole de Cocoa)
Champurrado 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.
Chilate is made from chile, corn, and cocoa, and is typically served cold. It’s flavored with spices such as anise, pepper, ginger and cinnamon.
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