Horchata (or-CHAH-tah) is the generic name in Spanish for a variety of sweet drinks made of grains, ground nuts, and spices—or a combination of all three, sometimes with even more additions like seeds. It originated in Spain as a nut beverage (horchata de chufa, made of tiger nuts) but when imported to the Americas, it quickly transformed into the Mexican rice horchata, its most commonly known form. The beverage, as it is consumed in today's Mexico, is made of rice, sugar, water, and spices—a dairy-free b
- Agua Fresca
Aguas frescas are light non-alcoholic beverages made from one or more fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water. They are popular in Mexico, Central America, and parts of the United States such as the Southwest. Some of the more common flavors include tamarind, hibiscus, and horchata.
Chilate is a drink prepared with cocoa, rice, cinnamon and sugar. It is originally from Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero, México. Chilate is served cold and usually accompanied with buñuelos. In Oaxaca, Mexico, chilate is a typical dish the region that is a type of broth made with chicken.
- Virgin Sangria
Sangria is a drink mixed with wine, fresh fruit, and juice. it all originated with The Sangria, a Spanish wine cocktail. It gained popularity and spread like wild fire because the fruit soaks delicious flavor into the wine and juice. You’ll recognize sangria by it’s fruity, refreshing and alcoholic taste. Red wine is typically used as the base. But some variations make use of white wine or rosé. Some people even add some brandy for flavor. Not us though, we’re going alcohol free!
Tejate is a traditional Oaxacan beverage that was once the drink of Zapotec royalty. Tejate is made of toasted corn, rosita de cacao (found only in San Andres Huayapam), cinnamon, and the seeds and flowers the mamey fruit. It is popular in Oaxacan markets, typically served in a brightly painted gourd bowl (or a plastic cup) and sweetened with sugar water. The sweetened drink is a modern adaptation; earlier versions were unsweetened and spicy, containing chile de arbol. Preparing the drink requires skill and hard work. The women who do this are called tejateras.
Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of maguey. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli, which means "oven-cooked agave", from metl and ixcalli
- Agua De Jamaica
The margarita is centered on agua de Jamaica,or hibiscus tea. It's made by steeping dried hibiscus flowers (known as jamaica in Mexico) in sweetened hot water. The tea is then chilled and ready to use in the margarita recipe or to enjoy on its own as a cool, refreshing iced tea.
Agua de Jamaica actually gives the margarita a sort of cranberry flavor, though there is a hint of tea leaf taste in the background. When mixed with a nice Blanco tequila, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice, it creates a bouquet of flavor in your glass.
The drink I have for you today is called a “Paloma”, which means “dove” in Spanish. In my opinion, a Paloma is one of the best tequila cocktails you can make, not only because of it’s delicious citrus taste, but also because you can prepare one very quickly.
The Paloma is a popular Mexican cocktail made with tequila and either grapefruit juice or a grapefruit-flavored soda. For this recipe, I’ll be using grapefruit juice from the Simple Truth brand, available at Kroger. Going to Kroger was really a time-saver for me, since they also sell adult beverages like Patron Tequila!
- Red River Margarita
OK, this recipe might be a little more Tex-Mex than Mexican, but there’s no doubt that this Red River Margarita takes some spicy hints from Mexican cuisine. Try it with grapefruit or blood orange juice and don’t forget the jalapeños!
- The Rosada
This tequila drink was inspired by the Paloma, but it uses fresh grapefruit juice instead of the bubbly soda version. To balance out the tart flavors, our friends at Gastronom sweeten the drink with a homemade rosemary simple syrup.
But don’t break your bank trying to taste them all! Here are the perfect tools if you want to recreate these delicious drinks at home!
Cocktail Muddler Straws
Cocktail Ice-Cube Trays
Pro Gourmet Hot/Cold Whipper SST 0.5L