Everybody loves Mexican food… enchiladas, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, pico de gallo... yum! When visiting Cancun, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya it’s important to indulge in as much authentic Mexican food as you can. It’s also fun to try traditional Mexican cocktails that may not be available back home.
There are five, that's right, five kinds of tequila; Blanco (white), Joven (young), Reposado (rested), Añejo (aged) and Extra Añejo (extra aged). You've probably had a Margarita before. A proper Margarita contains tequila, fresh lime juice, triple sec and sugar and is served on the rocks with a salted rim, although the frozen variety is popular as well. Another refreshing tequila cocktail is a Paloma, which consists of grapefruit soda and tequila on ice with a salted rim. It’s perfect on a hot, sunny, Caribbean day.
Mezcal, tequila's cousin, which is famous for sometimes having a worm in the bottle, has gotten a bad rap in the past, but it's recently made a comeback, possibly due to its rich smokey flavor and the fact that it doesn't cause hangovers. Mezcal is generally drank straight and often accompanied by orange slices which are sprinkled with "sal de gusano", which is made from ground fried worms, ground chili peppers, and salt. If this sounds a little too adventurous, many restaurants, bars and "mezcalerias" offer creative, fruity mezcal cocktails.
You've probably had Corona (with a slice of lime) before, but there are a lot of other Mexican beers out there. Delicious lighter beers include Pacifico, Sol, Modelo Especial, Superior and Dos XX Lager. Darker beers and lagers include Negra Modelo, Indio, Dos XX Ambar and Victoria. There are even light beers, including Tecate Light and Modelo Light. Spice up your beer by ordering a Chelada or a Michelada. A Chelada is a glass with ice and lime and a salted rim that the beer is poured into. A Michelada is similar but contains ice, lime, Worcestershire sauce, Jugo Maggi (similar to soy sauce) and a salted rim. There are also more exotic Micheladas that contain mango juice and other ingredients.
Be daring (in moderation) during your next vacation to Cancun, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya and try some of these Mexican cocktails. Salud!
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