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8 Authentic Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks You MUST Try!

April 6, 2017
Agua Frescas - Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks
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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

Agua Frescas - Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks


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 - Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks


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

Cafe de olla - Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks


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.

If you want this in a printable checklist, just click the image below and start trying these yummy drinks!

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4. Ponche de Frutas

Ponche de Frutas - Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks


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

Atole de Elote - Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks


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 (Atole de Cocoa) - Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks


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! 🙌🏼

7. Licuados

Licuados - Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks


Licuados are similar to smoothies! They’re a blended beverage of milk, fruit and ice.

8. Chilate

Chilate - Non-Alcoholic Mexican Drinks


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.

If you’re loving this list, just click here or the image below to download it and print it out! Give them a try, and be sure to take note of your favs. Mine is café de olla. ☺️ Enjoy!

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