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Meet the tejuino: a delicious Mexican drink

24 mayo, 2021

In addition to dishes, Mexico is distinguished by its drinks, and among them is the tejuino, a refreshing drink with a bittersweet flavor that you have to try at least once in your life. Today we tell you everything you need to know.

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What is Tejuino?

Its name comes from Nahuatl tecuin, which means “beat”, and since pre-Hispanic times it was considered as “the drink of the gods”.

This is still prepared in an artisanal way in the state of Nayarit, where it is originally from, although you can also find it in other western states of the country, such as Jalisco, where it is also recognized as a native drink.

Tejuino is prepared with corn dough and brown sugar, and fermented for a couple of days. Finally, it rests in a pot with ice to cool it down, and it is served with chili and lemon or with lemon snow to make it more refreshing.

Maybe you heard that this drink contains alcohol. It is a variant called tesgüino, which is 100% fermented (tejuino has a light degree of fermentation).

Tejuino: drink

Tejuino with chile piquín. Getty Images

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What you should know about this drink …

In northern Mexico, the Tarahumara and Yaqui peoples prepare and use the tejuino for ceremonial purposes and drink it as an offering to sacred figures in their traditional feasts of the Catholic rite.

It was called the drink of the gods because it is made with corn, which in Nahuatl is teosinte, “The food of the gods.”

In the Valley of Tehuacan, Puebla, archaeological excavations have been found that confirm that the tejuino was prepared by hand for thousands of years.

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Tejuino recipe

Now that you know everything about tejuino, we invite you to prepare it easily.

Ingredients

  • 500 g of corn dough
  • 500 g of piloncillo
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • Chili pepper
  • Salt
  • Lemon snow (optional)

Instructions

  1. Boil ½ liter of water, lower the heat and add the brown sugar. Stir until the piloncillo dissolves.
  2. Blend 2 and a half cups of water with the corn dough until smooth and strain into the pot of water with the brown sugar.
  3. Leave on heat for 10 minutes, until you achieve a consistent shape.
  4. Wait for it to cool and add the lemon juice. Cover the mixture with a lid or cloth and let it ferment for two days.
  5. Serve in a glass frosted with salt and lemon and add the chili pepper.
  6. You can accompany the drink with a lemon snowball.

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