Beyond Tequila

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator border_width=”2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Margaritas and Michaladas are two of Mexico’s tastiest libations but, if you want to hold the buzz, try a Horchata or Agua de Jamaica instead. Oh and, of course, nothing beats fresh coconut water on the beach.” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23000000″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_custom_heading text=”Agua de Jamaica” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23000000″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”uppercase”][vc_column_text]If you travel to Mexico, you won’t go far before you come across Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea). Very popular at taquerias, this tart tea can be enjoyed warm or chilled, but it’s very refreshing when enjoyed cold in Mexico’s tropical climate. You may have guessed by its name that it is made using hibiscus, a brightly colored tropical flower. You can use dried or fresh hibiscus but if you choose the latter, you’ll need to remove the green part at the base of the flower to which the stem is attached. You can also remove the pistil which is the thin thread-like tube in the middle of the flower, which has pollen attached to it or you can choose to keep it. From there, all you need to do is boil the flowers, steep and strain. It’s common to add in a bit of honey and lime if you like your tea a little sweeter. Not only is this a delicious Mexican refreshment, it is a sweetheart of the wellness world, with numerous health benefits. It can help lower blood pressure, improve digestion, and improve digestion as well as your immunity system. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7619″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow”][vc_custom_heading text=”Classic Margarita” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23000000″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”uppercase”][vc_column_text]It is hard to think about Mexico without thinking of its staple cocktail, the margarita! This drink is a classic for good reason. It only requires three ingredients, it’s easy to make and, most importantly, it is absolutely delicious. You might be familiar with sugar-rimmed frozen margaritas if you live in North America but this is far from the authentic recipe made in Mexico. The ‘real deal’ is tequila blanco, cointreau (an orange flavored liqueur) and fresh lime juice, served on ice with a salted rim. That’s it!  Once you’ve mastered the traditional recipe, play around with different variations to make it your own. You can make a Margarita con Mezcal, made using mezcal which is another agave-based spirit, typically smokier in flavor than its more famous cousin, tequila. Or why not muddle deseeded jalapenos into your recipe? That is if you like things on the spicier side. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7620″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow”][vc_custom_heading text=”Michelada” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23000000″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”uppercase”][vc_column_text]A michelada, is a type of ‘cerveza preparada’ and dates back to approximately 1940. It’s a mixture of cold light beer, fresh lime juice, hot sauce, and, typically, a savory ingredient like Worcestershire sauce. It might sound strange but this is one of those cases where the combination of ingredients, albeit unexpected, just work! The secret to this flavorful refreshment is striking the perfect balance between acidity and heat, so you might need to play around with the ratios until you nail it. Some recipes call for tomato juice, but the recipe we’ve included is the basic version. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7625″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow”][vc_custom_heading text=”Horchata” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left|color:%23000000″ use_theme_fonts=”yes” el_class=”uppercase”][vc_column_text]This non-alcoholic drink is sweet, refreshing and…polarizing. Horchata (pronounced or-CHAH-tah) actually originated in Egypt, where it was made using a nut called chufa. It eventually made its way to Spain and then to Mexico, where the natives replaced the nut with rice. Horchata, commonly sold at street vendors, looks milky but doesn’t actually contain dairy, making it a great option for those who are lactose intolerant. Made with rice, cinnamon, and then sweetened with sugar, the rice is ground and mixed with water, giving it a milky appearance. It is served over ice and easy enough to make at home, though horchata syrups are commonly available if you want to take the easy way out! [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7621″ img_size=”600×400″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow”][/vc_column][/vc_row]