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Pulque – The story behind the drink

Pulque is another traditional beverage (3-4 % alcohol) made from the juice of the maguey or agave plant. Is this beverage the same as tequila? No, tequila is fermented and destilled to make a strong alcohol, while pulque is a milky , slightly foamy and somewhat viscous beverage made by fermeting (not destilling) the fresh […]

Traditional Champurrado (Mexican-Style Hot Chocolate)

Champurrado (CC photo by digitalramble courtesy of Flickr) Ingredients: 2 Cups Masa (Nixtamalized maize dough) or Masa Harina (Mexican Corn Flour) 4 Quarts water* 3 Cinnamon Sticks 2 Large Piloncillo Cones (about 6 Ounces each) or 1 1/2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar + 2 Teaspoons Molasses 2 Large Tablets of Nestle “Abuelita” Chocolate (from the […]

Traditional Mexican Atoles

Champurrado (CC photo by burrodeoaxaca courtesy of Flickr) Atole is a hot beverage native to Mexico and Central America originating before the pre-Hispanic era. Traditionally, atole is made from nixtamalized maize dough, which is sold by the kilo and available in tortilla shops and markets throughout Mexico. The nixtamalization process involves soaking and cooking corn […]