What are the typical drinks found in the Riviera Maya?

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How do you make a toast in the Riviera Maya? This destination is not only home to a great wealth of culture, it also offers delicious cuisine declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO: Tacos, frijoles, enchiladas, tortas, pozoles…These dishes are always combined with a vast array of liqueurs and soft drinks. Did you know that Mexico is one of the most famous countries in the world for its drinks? Whether it’s the variety of juice, shakes or liqueurs, the truth is that Mexican beverages have a special way of inviting you to make a toast and enjoy yourself to the fullest. These famous drinks are must-trys on your next holiday to the Riviera Maya.

1. Aguas Frescas. Let’s start with this very mild juice, known for its purifying properties. This refreshing drink is made from the pulp of a variety of fruit and vegetables such as cucumber, is the best way to beat the heat and contains a lot of beneficial vitamins for the body. This juice comes in lots of different varieties but the most well-known is probably that which is a mix of lemon juice, water, ice and chia seeds.

2. Tequila. This is the most recognised symbol of Mexico which, in ancient civilisations was seen as a gift from God. Made from the blue agave plant, this drink is the most-recognised in the entire country. This is the best excuse to get together with your loved ones and make a toast. Don’t forget lemon and salt!

3. Mezcal. For many people, this is the alternative to tequila. This liqueur still follows a 200-year tradition of using a combination of 50 agaves and distilling them in a clay pot. In some parts of the country, this is enjoyed with bitter oranges and meat.

4. Raicilla. Another of Mexico’s most famous liqueurs which is popular to drink at parties. Although it is not as well-known as Tequila or Mezcal, it has a milder taste, making it a great choice for those who have yet to taste Mexico’s liqueurs.

5. Tascalate. This is a very mild and refreshing shake that we strongly recommend trying on your holiday to the Riviera Maya. Originating from the 16th century, this delicious drink is made from corn, cocoa, annatto, sugar and cinnamon. This is ideal for children.

6. Charanda. This drink is derived from sugarcane, with its name meaning “red-coloured soil”. Charanda is typically enjoyed during family gatherings and its mild and light taste makes its perfect for drinking before meals, like vermouth. Its juice is used to make all kinds of cocktails.

7. Toritos. This frozen drink is made from peanuts, soursop, fruit of a cedar tree and condensed milk. This was a very popular drink for those who worked in the sugarcane fields, drinking it in order to recuperate their energy after a long day working.

8. Tejuino. This is a supreme non-alcoholic beverage that has a slight acidic taste. This drink is made from corn dough and is served with a slice of lime. This is the perfect way to feel rejuvenated in the mornings.

Discover all the flavours found in the Riviera Maya and enjoy its wide range of typical Mexican drinks. We guarantee you will love them!

Arantxa Márquez

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