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Pulque, the Aztec beverage in Mexico City

Pulque is an alcoholic drink made from the fermented sap of the agave plant. It’s been enjoyed for at least 1,000 years. It was enjoyed by Aztec priests and sacrificial victims.  In modern times, it has lost popularity to beer, but is currently enjoying a revival.

Plain pulque (pulque blanco) is white, slightly viscous and effervescent. It has a pleasant sour taste. If you like beer, you’ll likely enjoy pulque. Many bars also offered it sweetened with fruit purées if that’s more up your alley.

It is generally consumed at pulquerías, but some bars also offer it.

El Mexicano Bar at sunset

Mexicano Bar at sunset

While in Mexico City, we discovered a small bar called Mexicano, located at Calle Regina 27A (metro Isabel la Católica; closed Mondays). They serve pulque blanco, several flavoured versions, and make cocktails with it. Their cocktail, tlachiquero, is a deliciously dangerous mix of orange juice, pulque and mezcal.  (They also have an extensive list of artisanal beers and mezcals.)

Food at El Mexicano is also delicious. On the safer side, try the goat cheese quesadillas (quesadillas de queso de cabra) and the fig tapas (tapas de jamón Serrano, higo y queso de cabra). For the more adventurous, try the guacamole with chapulines (guacamole con chapulines y totopos). Chapulines are delicious roasted grasshoppers flavoured with lime juice… a popular snack in Oaxaca and areas around Mexico City.

Pulque and chapulines… a memory you’ll never forget.

(We also found pulque in Playa del Carmen.)

Menu of El Mexicano Bar in Mexico City

Menu of Mexicano Bar in Mexico City

Chapulines (grasshoppers) with guacamole and tortilla chips

Chapulines (grasshoppers) with guacamole and tortilla chips

Goat cheese quesadillas at El Mexicano bar

Goat cheese quesadillas at El Mexicano bar

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