Pulque is an alcoholic drink which was first drunk by the Maya, Aztecs , Huastecs and other cultures in ancient Mesoamerica. Similar to beer, it is made from the fermented juice or sap of the maguey plant (Agave americana). In the Aztec language Nahuatl it was known as octli and to the Maya it was chih.
Xtabentun , sometimes called liqueur of the Maya , is a mead-based spirit flavored with anise and found all along the Yucatan. (
The beverage is widely enjoyed in the West of the country. Recent data shows that tequila consumption is almost twice as high in Mexico’s Western region than it is, for instance, in the North. Another well-known agave-based alcoholic beverage originated in Mexico is mezcal .
Tobacco (iyetl, in Classic Nahuatl) was absolutely present and used among the Aztecs . And also there were proprietors among who were spread out smoking tubes, pipes, and cigars, [some] quite resinous and aromatic; and tobacco bowls
When the Aztecs sacrificed people to Huitzilopochtli (the god with warlike aspects) the victim would be placed on a sacrificial stone. The priest would then cut through the abdomen with an obsidian or flint blade. The heart would be torn out still beating and held towards the sky in honor to the Sun-God.
Two thousand years ago, the ancient Maya developed one of the most advanced civilizations in the Americas. They developed a written language of hieroglyphs and invented the mathematical concept of zero. With their expertise in astronomy and mathematics, the Maya developed a complex and accurate calendar system.
Scholars have suggested a number of potential reasons for the downfall of Maya civilization in the southern lowlands, including overpopulation, environmental degradation, warfare, shifting trade routes and extended drought. It’s likely that a complex combination of factors was behind the collapse.
The history of chocolate can be traced to the ancient Mayans , and even earlier to the ancient Olmecs of southern Mexico. The word chocolate may conjure up images of sweet candy bars and luscious truffles, but the chocolate of today is little like the chocolate of the past.
Use. It is usually served straight, cold, or with ice and honey. It can also be served with coffee, or with one shot of tequila and an equal part xtabentún , creating a drink called “Mayan coffee.” Adding half a lime makes a “Maya margarita”.
Re: What is Xtabentun like ? It taste like sweetened anise. A little like ouzo. Sip straight up or on the rocks.
Advertisement 1/2 oz Xtabentun liquor. 1/2 oz Kahlua. I cup brewed coffee. 1 scoop vanilla ice cream. orange slices. sugar.
Mexican Spirits Beyond Mezcal and Tequila .
Mexico’s national aperitif, the Paloma cocktail , is a simple tequila drink with a thirst-quenching, irresistible appeal. Move over Margarita, here comes something better! The Paloma , or ‘Dove’ in Spanish, is easy to admire. Firs, it’s quick to make and so refreshing cocktail.