33 Delicious Mexico Drinks You Need to Know About [2021]


Wondering about the best drinks in Mexico?

You’ve come to the right place, because I live in Mexico, and I’m going to share the 33 best Mexico drinks with you in this article! If you’re thinking this list will just be tequila and beer — think again!

From classic and beloved Mexican cocktails and alcohol drinks, like the Margarita, to lesser known boozy beverages, like the carajillo, you’ll be surprised at all your options. You’ll also discover new info about Mexico’s famed tequila, and lesser-known liquors, like pox.

For those who prefer their Mexican drinking sin alcohol (without alcohol), I’ve got you covered also. There are plenty of amazing Mexican aguas frescas (fruit waters), unique coffee drinks, and even the beloved Mexican tea, jamaica, made with hibiscus flowers.

In short, Mexico drinks go way beyond tequila and Mexican coke (AKA Mexicoke), so let’s get to this epic list of the 33 best traditional Mexican drinks!

Mexico Drinks: Best Mexican Liquors

1. Tequila

Tequila is the most famous — perhaps infamous — of all Mexican alcoholic drinks. There are many who are a hard no on tequila, and that’s ok, but it also might be because people drink too much of it, and too fast. For the record: Tequila should be sipped, not taken as a shot!

What is tequila?

This well-known Mexico drink is a liquor that comes from the distilled agave plant. Agave is a type of succulent, which is a common plant in much of Mexico. It is often mislabeled as a cactus, but agave is not a cactus — it’s a succulent!

There are three types of tequila: blanco, reposado and añejo. These distinctions have to do with aging and the amount of time each has spent in the barrel.

  • Blanco (white) spends less than two months aging in a barrel, and keeps it’s clear-white color.
  • Reposado (rested) ages in the barrel for more than two months, but less than one year.
  • Añejo (aged) matures in barrel for more than one year, but less than three years.
When it comes to Mexico alcohol, there’s none more famous than authentic Mexican tequila.

Where is tequila made?

While about 270 species of agave plants grow throughout Mexico, it can only be called tequila when it’s made from the Blue Weber agave plant. Also, only a few states, such as Jalisco State and Guanajuato State, as well as the city of Tequila, can call their product true tequila.

Much like how champagne must be made in Champagne, France; tequila must be made in Tequila, Mexico. Tequila that’s made in other places can not legally be labeled as tequila. It is often labeled as another famous Mexican liquor, mezcal (#2 on this list).

In fact, there’s a common saying: All tequilas are mezcals, but not all mezcals are tequila. This is the same principle that applies to whiskeys — as all bourbons are whiskeys but not all whiskeys are bourbons.

woman in green and white striped sundress wearing a tan sun hat walking through a field of large spiked green agave plants in a field in Tequila, one of the most unique places to visit in mexico
The blue agave fields in Tequila are a Mexico UNESCO World Heritage site.

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2. Mezcal

What is mezcal?

Mezcal is made from the agave plant, just like tequila, and they are also both distilled spirits. Different mezcals do vary in flavor, but this drink is often called “smoky tequila,” as many mezcals have a deep, smoky flavor.

Outside of the Mexico tourism cities, you’ll often see more mezcal than tequila in local bars — especially in Oaxaca State, where much of the authentic Mexico mezcal is made. Want to taste some (minus the plane ticket)? Try 400 Conejos, Mexico’s best-selling Oaxaca mezcal.

Like tequila, mezcal is meant to be sipped! In Mexico, most mezcals will come served with a plate of orange slices and some sal de maguey (maguey worm salt). This maguey worm is the same one you’d find in a tequila bottle, though they are rarely (if ever) put in a mezcal bottle.

Man pouring mezcal into shot glass
One quick way to differentiate mezcal from tequila is by checking inside the bottle — mezcal won’t have the famous maguey Mexican drinking worm, and tequila will.

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3. Raicilla

What is raicilla liquor?

Raicilla is also known as Mexican moonshine — an “outlaw” drink that doesn’t have rules and regulations like its cousin tequila does. As with most Mexican liquors, raicilla is made from the agave plant. It has smoky notes like mezcal, but also floral and fruity notes to break that up.

4. Pox

What is pox liquor?

This Mexican drink is mostly consumed in Chiapas State, pox (pronounced posh), is sort of a home-brewed liquor that’s making its way into the mainstream. As such, there’s not one way to make pox, though its main ingredients are corn, wheat and sugarcane. 

What does pox taste like?

A bit of an acquired taste, pox has a strong corn flavor, but also sweeter notes from the sugarcane. For those visiting the popular San Cristobal de las Casas pueblo magico (magic town), you’ll find pox in most bars, and in San Juan Chamula, it is even used in religious church ceremonies.

A cup of pox liquor, though not all varieties are red in color. (Photo: Amaya Juan via Flickr)

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5. Pulque

What is pulque?

Pulque (pronounced pull-kay, and sometimes called octli) is an ancient adult beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant. It is common throughout Central Mexico, which has the prime maguey-growing climate.

Prehispanic people have made and consumed pulque for millennia. It is lovingly referred to as la bebida de los dioses, or “the drink of the gods.” In fact, there’s even the Tepozteco Temple dedicated to the god of pulque, Tepoztēcatl, located in the town of Tepoztlan, Mexico.

Two cups of pulque
Pulque Mexico: This ancient Mexican drink has been consumed for centuries.

What does pulque taste like?

Pulque is an acquired taste — and texture! It actually has a thick, milky consistency and a bit of a sour taste. Nowadays, you can get pulque with various flavors added, like oatmeal, mango, coconut and pineapple, to cut the sour taste, though it’s worth trying in its natural state.

6. Kahlua

Little known fact: Kahlúa comes from Mexico!

That’s right, this beloved coffee liqueur is made in Veracruz state, which is one of the top Mexico coffee regions. However, it’s actually more popular outside of Mexico than in it — and you can show your love for this sweet liquor each year on February 27 for National Kahlua Day.

☕️ If you prefer to try the delicious Veracruz coffee from Mexico without any booze, you can buy some here.

Kahlua Coffee Liqueur comes straight from the state of Veracruz, Mexico! (Photo: Taylor Beach via Unsplash)

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7. Sotol

What is sotol liquor?

Sotol is produced in a distillation process similar to mezcals, and it’s even made of a succulent, just like mezcal and tequila. Much like tequila, sotol can only be made with one type of plant, which is also called sotol (sometimes called the desert spoon plant).

This plant grows wild throughout the North Mexico states of Chihuahua, Durango and Coahuila, where you will find the best sotol in Mexico. The desert spoon succulent takes 15 years to mature, and each plant will only yield one bottle of sotol, so make sure to try some if you can.

What does sotol taste like?

Sotol has a grassy taste, unlike its smokier cousins, tequila and mezcal — though it is closer in taste to tequila than mezcal. Overall, sotol has an earthy, mineral and leathery flavor profile, though some can also have strong minty notes.

The sotol, or desert spoon plant, used to make sotol liquor. While not among the most famous Mexican drinks yet, sotol is becoming more and more popular at swanky mixology and cocktail bars in the U.S.

Mexico Drinks: Mexican Wines & Beers

8. Mexican Wine

Didn’t know Mexico made wines? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! However, there are actually a few Mexico wine regions — including in Queretaro state, near the Tequisquiapan pueblo magico (magic town) and also close to the popular Mexico destination of San Miguel de Allende.

🍷 Check out this article to discover the Award-Winning Mexican Wines you must try!

Here at these Central Mexico vineyards, you will find the Mexico Wine & Cheese Route and the famous Finca Sala Vivé by Freixenet México in Queretaro State. This is a multi-vineyard tour through this small wine country, which includes tours of the area’s underground cheese caves.

a vineyard landscape in Valle de Guadalupe wine country, located in Baja California Norte, Mexico
While wine isn’t the most well known of all boozy Mexican beverages, that’s changing as the Valle de Guadalupe wine country in Baja California State gets more and more popular.  

However, the real oenophiles (wine lovers) will want to check out the Valle de Guadalupe, which means Valley of Guadalupe. This is the largest wine region in Mexico, and located on the Baja California Peninsula, on the country’s west coast.

Located near the famous Mexico beach town of Ensenada, and only about two hours south of San Diego, Valle de Guadalupe is almost a continuation of California’s famous vineyards. In fact, Valle de Guadalupe is known as the Napa Valley of Mexico.


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9. Mexican Beer & Mexican Craft Beer

Mexico Fun Fact: The country produces and exports more beer than any other country on Earth — by a lot. Cerveza (beer) is loved the world over, but also arguably one of the most popular drinks in Mexico, and truly the unofficial National Drink of Mexico.

You probably recognize some of the more famous ones, like Dos Equis, Modelo, Sol, Pacifico, Victoria, Indio, Bohemia, Tecate, and of course, Corona. However, there’s so many more Mexican beers to discover, like the best Mexican craft beers listed below ⤵

Best Mexican Craft Beers

  • 🍺 Tempus from Queretaro State, known for their Tempus Dorada Blonde Ale
  • 🍺 Minerva from Jalisco State, known for their Minerva Stout and Ambar de Guadalajara
  • 🍺 Seis Hileras from Mexico City, known for their Porter and Helles Lager
  • 🍺 Insurgente Brewery from Tijuana in Baja California State, known for their Mexican Witbier
  • 🍺 Baja Brewing Company from Cabo San Lucas, known for their Escorpion Negro Lager, Por Favor IPA and Cabotella Blonde Ale
Enjoying a Sol Mexican beer on the beach in Isla Mujeres 🍻

Mexico Drinks: Mexican Cocktails

10. Margarita

Who invented the Margarita?

The beloved Mexican Margarita is said to have been invented by Carlos “Danny” Herrera way back in 1938. He crafted the famous Mexico drink at his restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, located in-between Tijuana and Rosarito, one of the best beach towns in Mexico.

According to legend, Danny custom-created the Margarita for one of his regular customers, Marjorie King. She was a Broadway dancer who was spending a lot of time in Mexico while she negotiated the purchase of a hotel near Danny’s Rancho La Gloria restaurant.

As a regular customer, Danny had to accommodate one very special request for her. It turned out that Marjorie was allergic to all spirits except tequila, so he made a custom tequila cocktail just for her — and also named it after her — as Marjorie is Margarita in Spanish.

The Margarita is the most popular of all Mexican mixed drinks, and the most famous of all Mexican cocktails with tequila.

What’s in a Margarita?

A classic Margarita cocktail has tequila, an orange liqueur like Triple Sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau, and fresh lime juice. It was originally served in a salt-rimmed glass, shaken and poured over ice. Nowadays, blended frozen Margaritas are just as common — and one of the best Mexican drinks for party!

🍺 Tequila not for you? Try a Cerveza Margarita, which is a Margarita made with cerveza (beer) instead of tequila.


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11. Paloma

Paloma is the lesser-known, but dare I say, prettier and more delicious Mexican cocktail cousin to Margarita! When it comes to vacation drinks vibes, pretty colors and a refreshing beverage, Paloma just might be the perfect tropical cocktail.

🍹 Tequila not for you? Paloma also works as one of the best Mexican cocktails with vodka.

A Paloma can be made with either tequila or mezcal, and a grapefruit soda of your choice, like Squirt or Ting. Throughout my travels to half the states in Mexico, the recipe I see most is with mezcal and Squirt, which make the perfect paloma Mexican drink!

The pretty Paloma Mexican drink isn’t as well known as the Margarita, but it’s just as delicious (if not moreso).

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12. Michelada & Chelada

What is a Michelada?

There aren’t many beer cocktails out there, but the michelada is arguably one of the most famous. A traditional michelada is made with beer (you choose your beer), Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, assorted spices like Tajín, fresh lime juice and a tamarind rim.

As these are very popular, different places prepare them with slightly different variations. For this reason, they are often compared to a Bloody Mary, with each restaurant and cocktail maker adding their own spin on the classic recipe.

Michelada Variations: Chelada & Ojo Rojo

Cheleda: As some aren’t keen on the idea of the Clamato (tomato and clam juice), you can opt for a chelada, which omits the Clamato.

🍹Clamato fun fact: Canada’s national drink is made with Clamato. The Caesar (AKA Bloody Caesar), is similar to a Bloody Mary, and made with Clamato, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, and other spices.

Ojo Rojo: There’s also the ojo rojo (red eye), which is a michelada that comes with a rimmed-glass lined with chamoy syrup and a tamarind spice mix.

A delicious Michelada Mexican drink, one of the most refreshing beer cocktails in Mexico.

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13. Bloody Maria

While the michelada is definitely similar to a Bloody Mary, the closest Mexico drink to it, is actually a Bloody María.

A Bloody Maria is essentially a Bloody Mary that’s made with tequila instead of vodka. 🌶 Fans of spicy Bloody Marys should try a Bloody María, as many say the tequila and spicy flavors work better together than vodka and spicy flavors.

Chavela: Mexican Bloody Mary

For a similar drink, try the chavela. This is also known as Mexico’s Bloody Mary, and made about the same as a Bloody Maria, but with half beer, half tequila, instead of a full shot of tequila. It is also called a cerveza preparada, or “prepared beer.”

A Bloody Maria is a one of the best drinks to order in Mexico, especially at brunch.

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14. Bandera Mexicana

This fun drink is really three drinks in one — but only one actual shot of liquor. The Bandera Mexicana means Mexican flag, and with this drink you’ll get three shot glasses in the colors of Mexico’s flag: green-lime juice, white-tequila, and red-sangrita.

Among the best drinks in Mexico resorts, nothing says “I’m on vacation” like a Bandera Mexicana 🇲🇽

What is sangrita?

First of all, it’s not sangria, though their name sounds similar and they have a similar magenta color. Sangrita means “little blood,” and is often served with a glass or shot of tequila (especially high end and premium tequila) as a non-alcoholic chaser.

Sangrita can be made various ways, but often contains orange juice, pomegranate juice, tomato juice, grenadine, powdered chiles and additional spices. Unlike a straight-up lime juice chaser, which basically kills the flavor of tequila, sangrita is meant to enhance the tequila flavor.


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15. Tequila Sunrise

This classic cocktail is one many have likely tried before — and actually among the easy Mexican cocktails to make. It contains just three ingredients: tequila and orange juice and grenadine. Given the OJ, this is a popular morning drink, and makes for a great brunch cocktail.

“The Tequila Sunrise was actually invented at Agua Caliente, a huge Prohibition-era resort in Tijuana.” —Dave Wondrich, author of the bestselling books Imbibe and Punch

The tequila sunrise is one of the most popular Mexican tequila drinks, and among the best Mexican resort drinks.

Mexico Drinks: Mexico Juice & Fruit Waters

16. Horchata

Horchata is also known as rice water or Mexican rice milk, and something consumed all over Mexico. As Mexican tacos and so much other Mexican food is often on the spicy side, this cool, sweet drink can really cut through some of that spice.

Mexican rum cocktail: Rumchata is a yummy boozy version of traditional Mexican horchata.

What does horchata taste like?

Horchata is made mostly with rice, sugar and cinnamon, and different people add in additional ingredients from recipes passed down through the generations. It is a sweet drink, with a thicker, creamier texture.

The beloved horchata Mexican drink, made with rice milk and cinnamon.

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17. Agua de Jamaica

The beloved Mexican agua de jamaica tea is made with dried flor de jamaica (hibiscus flowers), and you’ll find it everywhere from Mexico City to Cancun. You will usually just see it called jamaica, and it’s pronounced haa-mike-uh, not Jamaica like the country.

How do you make Mexican jamaica tea?

To make jamaica, just seep one cup of hibiscus flowers in one liter of water; though that can be adjusted to taste. Put the container in the refrigerator, and after about an hour, drain the flowers, and serve the jamaica cold or over ice. In a hot country like Mexico, jamaica is so refreshing. 

Agua de jamaica is one of the best Mexican non alcoholic drinks, and a one of those good vacation drinks that will actually keep you hydrated.

Mexico jamaica tea is a pretty magenta color, which end up being a bit lighter than the actual hibiscus flowers. It has a tart and tangy flavor, similar to pomegranate and cranberry, so many will want to add in sugar or a sweetener. In Mexico, it’s usually served with sugar already in it.

Is Mexican jamaica tea good for you?

Jamaica flower tea is said to have many health benefits, and has been proven to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. As a natural diuretic, jamaica is said to pulls salt out of your body, which helps lower blood pressure.


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18. Agua Fresca

Aguas frescas are “fresh waters,” and one of the drinks Mexican people flock to on hot days to beat the heat! Many things can be classified as an agua frescas, including horchata and jamaica (the last two Mexico drinks mentioned), though they can also be made with fruits.

Agua del Día in Mexico

In Mexico, you will see a lot of cocina economicas (economical restaurants frequented by locals) with their own unique menu del día (menu of the day). These inexpensive daily menus usually come with two to three courses of food, and an agua del día (drink of the day).

While an agua del dia can be horchata and jamaica, it’s often a fruit water. Most agua del dia drinks are made with whatever fruit is freshest at that time of year, water and some sugar. Even restaurants that don’t have a menu del dia will often also offer aguas del dia.

Agua fresca makes a great lower-sugar alternative to soda, and one of the perfect Mexican drinks for kids.

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19. Batidos (Fruit Milkshake)

The word used for milkshake in Mexico is malteada (pronounced mall-tay-ah-duh), but that will be the standard milk and ice cream variety. Batidos are also Mexican milkshakes, but they are made with milk and fresh fruits. (If you want a simple fruit smoothie in Mexico, you’ll want to order a liquado.)

20. Agua de Tamarindo

Tamarindo water is another traditional Mexican agua fresca. This flavor, which is made with the tamarind fruit, is actually one of the most beloved flavors in Mexico drinks and Mexican candy. It is actually one of the most popular flavors of Jarritos, one of the best selling Mexican sodas.

Though an acquired taste for some, agua de tamarindo is a popular non alcoholic drink in Mexico.

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21. Tepache

Tepache (pronounced tep-pach-ay) is really only made in people’s homes. It is one of the most common drinks in Mexico that’s you’ll find sold on the street. Tepache is a fermented drink, made with pineapple peel, cinnamon sticks and water, and kept in a sealed jar for 2-5 days to fully ferment.

🍍 Tepache Cocktail: For a boozy version of traditional tepache, many add in vodka.

22. Mangonada (Chamoyada)

A mangonada AKA chamoyada is almost a meal in a cup. As mangoes are a near-perennial crop in Mexico, you can get one almost all year-long, though they are especially refreshing on a hot day.

🥭 Mangonada Cocktail: For a boozy version, add in some vanilla vodka, coconut rum, or whatever you think will work well.

It is basically a thick fruit milkshake made with mango, topped with a garnish of Tajin chili powder, fresh lime juice and chamoy syrup. The red-colored chamoy syrup is one of the most popular Mexican candy flavors, and has a tangy-sweet taste that’s similar to tamarind.

The mangonada is not only one of the prettiest Mexico drinks, but it also has one of the most fun Mexican drink names!

Mexico Drinks: Mexican Christmas Drinks

23. Rompope

Rompope (pronounced rom-po-pay) is known as Mexican eggnog. It is a Christmastime cocktail, served throughout the country, but most associated with the state of Puebla, Mexico. As with U.S. eggnog, adults often spike the rompope with rum or brandy.

24. Ponche Navideño (Christmas Punch)

Ponche Navideño is Mexican fruit punch that’s usually only served during the winter months, December Posadas and Mexican Christmas gatherings.

It is sometimes called “Mexican sangria,” though a bit different in that it’s served warm. Ponche (pronounced pon-chay) uses fruits like tejocotes (little apples), guava, pears and oranges, as well as jamaica (hibiscus), tamarind and piloncillo (raw brown sugar).

As you might have guessed, some do add in a splash of rum or brandy! A boozy ponche is basically a mix of a hot toddy and sangria.

Ponche Mexican drink: One of the best Mexico Christmas drinks, with or without the alcohol added.

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25. Champurrado

Champurrado (pronounced champ-pour-ah-doe), like Chocolate de le Abuela, is a type of Mexican hot chocolate. It is a bit richer than regular Mexican hot chocolate because it’s prepared with masa de maíz (corn flour), piloncillo (raw cane sugar) and cinnamon.

Champurrado has been around since the Aztec times, and really useful to keep people warm on the cooler Central Mexico nights. Yes — Central Mexico is much colder than the beaches of Mexico. Still popular today, champurrado’s thick texture is perfect for dipping your churros in.

🇲🇽 Mexico Fun Fact: Chocolate comes from Mexico, and the Mayans in the Yucatan Peninsula were the first to cultivate the cacao plant, which is what chocolate is made from.


Mexico Drinks: Mexican Sodas

26. Mexican Coke (Mexicoke)

Interesting Mexico Fact: Mexico consumes more Coca-Cola than any other country.

Mexicoke, as it’s known in the United States (though it’s just called “coca” in Mexico), is the Mexican recipe for Coca-Cola. The main difference — which many say makes for a much better tasting beverage — is that Mexican Coca-Cola uses pure cane sugar instead of artificial sweeteners.

🥤 For a boozy version, order a Charro Negro, which is tequila and Mexican coke — and sort of a Mexico drink version of the Cuba Libre (AKA rum and coke).

In the last decade or so, some U.S. restaurants and grocery stores have started selling Mexican Coke. To try some, be on the lookout for the glass bottles of Mexican Coke, or you can buy some here from Amazon.

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27. Sidral Mundet (Mexican Apple Soda)

The last of the big Mexican soda flavors and brands is Sidral Mundet. This apple soda was actually first made in 1902 by a Spanish man named Arturo Mundet who emigrated to Mexico — making it about 120-years-old!

🍎🍏 Today, you can buy the original red apple soda, or the more tangy green apple soda

28. Jarritos Sodas

Jarritos (pronounced har-re-toes) is another one of the big players in the Mexican soda world. This company makes their own Mexican cola (similar to Mexican coke), as well as other popular flavors like pineapple soda, mandarin orange soda, lime soda and tamarind soda.

Jarritos is one of the best non alcoholic drinks from Mexico. (Photo: Jarritos Mexican Soda via Unsplash)

Mexico Drinks: Mexican Coffee Drinks

29. Carajillo

What is a carajillo?

Coffee lovers won’t want to miss the chance to try a carajillo (pronounced car-uh-hee-yo). This cold coffee drink is popular in Mexico City cocktail bars and upscale restaurants, but you can also find them in posh bars throughout Mexico (and even other parts of Latin America, like Colombia and Cuba).

Carajillos are popular at brunch, but usually considered a nighttime drink — as they contain a shot of Liquor 43. However, for those who want a bit of booze in their morning coffee (think: Irish coffee), the carajillo is the perfect option.

Though a Mexico City favorite, carajillos originated in Spain, where Liquor 43 is made. There are 43 ingredients in this semi-sweet liquor, including fruit juices, vanilla and aromatic herbs. It’s a great sugar substitute, and when combined with coffee, makes the ideal after-dinner digestif.

For a Mexican after dinner drink, the carajillo is a great option!

How is a carajillo made? 

A carajillo is quite simple: one shot of espresso and one shot of Liquor 43. When ordering, you have two options. The first is with the espresso and Liquor 43 combined with ice, shaken and served poured over ice. This preparation creates a foamy top, which resembles a latte.

In the second option, you’ll receive the coffee and Liquor 43 in two separate shot glasses, which you’ll combine yourself in a third glass. When poured in slowly, the dark brown espresso floats to the top, and the amber Liquor 43 remains on the bottom, creating a nice two-tone effect.

The classy carajillo is one of the best cocktails in Mexico. (Photo: Adrián Sanz via Flickr)

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30. Cafe de Olla

Mexican cafe de olla, meaning “coffee from the pot,” is a traditional Mexican coffee preparation, common in states including Oaxaca and Chiapas. It is made in an olla (large clay pot) with cinnamon and piloncillo (raw cane sugar). If you like your coffee sweet, this is one of the best drinks to have in Mexico!

Cafe de olla (meaning “pot coffee”) is made in a clay olla pot, and among the best coffee drinks in Mexico.

Mexico Drinks: Mexican Chocolate Drinks

31. Abuela Chocolate (Mexican Hot Chocolate)

Chocolate has been a Mexican staple food since prehispanic times. In Oaxacan Mexican cuisine, it is even used more for savory dishes like mole negro (black mole). In Mexico, if you don’t have a local supplier, Chocolate de le Abuela (grandma’s chocolate) is a popular supermarket brand.

While hot chocolate in the U.S. is often prepared with milk, Mexican hot chocolate drinks are made with chocolate and water. It is still served with a frothy foam-top because this chocolate beverage is hand-spun using a wooden whisk called a molinillo, which creates a foam.

Abuelita chocolate is one of the most beloved typical Mexican drinks, traditionally made with a molinillo (wood whisk).

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32. Tejate

Tejate (pronounced tay-ha-tay) is an ancient chocolate and corn drink popular in Oaxaca, Mexico, where it’s lovingly called the bebida de los dioses, or “drink of the gods.”  While its flavor combo may not sound appetizing, this centuries-old drink has stood the taste test of time!

Tejate is made by hand in large clay bowls, by liquifying a mixture of fermented cacao (chocolate) beans, toasted maize (corn), toasted pits of mamey (tropical fruit), and flor de cacao (cacao flower). It is served cold, and very refreshing on a hot Oaxaca City day.

Since it has been around since prehispanic times, each region, city and family will have their own unique tejate recipe. However, even with variations, tejate generally tastes like a more complex chocolate almond milk.

🧋 The Tejuino from Colima state is another Mexican drink that uses corn, as this was one of the staple foods in the prehispanic diet.

Tejate is one of the most unique drinks to get in Mexico!

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33. Atole

We’ve reached the end of this list, and though this last one is listed under “Mexican chocolate drinks,” it doesn’t have any chocolate in it! I actually didn’t really know where to list it, so it’s here because it’s a hot, sweet drink that’s actually made with vanilla, not chocolate.

Atole (pronounced ah-toe-lay) is one of the most common Mexico street drinks, very popular throughout Central Mexico. It is often served in the morning, and contains a yummy mix of cinnamon, masa, piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar) and vanilla.

It is nearly the same drink as champurrado, but with vanilla instead of chocolate. For fans of sweet drinks, but not chocolate, atole is among the most perfect drinks to try in Mexico.

🍫 If these were simply not enough Mexican chocolate drinks, there’s also tascalate from Chiapas State, chilate from Guerrero State, and tejuino from Jalisco State.

Atole, one of the best beverages in Mexico, is similar to the champurrado drink, but uses vanilla instead of chocolate.

Final Thoughts: Best Mexico Drinks

With such a variety, it’s hard (probably impossible) to declare the “best Mexican drinks.” However, there is definitely your best Mexican drink — though you’ll just have to try them all to figure out which one that is!

Hopefully this extensive list of 33 popular Mexican drinks will give you a lot of options as you try and figure out which of the drinks of Mexico you like best.

Which of these Mexico drinks will you try first? 

I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line in the comments and let me know which of these best drinks in Mexico you can’t wait to try. If your favorite authentic Mexican drinks aren’t on the list, let me know which one it is and I’ll add it 🍻

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14 Comments

  1. simplyjolayne says:

    Well, we can all give thanks to the Mayans for introducing the world to chocolate!

  2. Jennifer Record says:

    So fun! And I am glad they are not all alcoholics… some would be great for a themed book club night with girlfriends.

    1. Tequi sunrise and Kahlua are my faves! So happy that some of the drinks don’t have alcohol

  3. Wow I can’t wait to try these!!

  4. Feeling very prepared for my Mexico trip next year! Thanks so much!! 🙂

  5. I love a good margarita but I’ll have to some of these next time I’m in Mexico, or even at a Mexican restaurant! I also didn’t know Mexico produced the most beer, so that’s fun to learn!

  6. I’d definitely would love to try everything on this list! I’ve tried Mezcal though, and I am not a fan of the smokey taste. But please get me a giant glass of tamarind margaritas any time!

    1. Hey Intan: OMG, I’ve never even heard of a tamarind margarita! That sounds like it would be refreshing.

  7. I didn’t realize Kahlua came from Mexico! You learn something new every day. I didn’t know about a lot of these drinks, actually. Now I have lots of drinks to try! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. I can’t believe there are so many Mexican drinks I have never had! Many I’ve never even heard of like Raicilla or Pox. I definitely have my work cut out for me!

  9. Christina says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Mexican Hot Chocolate!

  10. I’ve never had any food or drink from Mexico that I didn’t like, so I would be keen to try all of these (a lot of them I hadn’t heard of before). I’d especially love to try a Bloody Maria because a Bloody Mary has always been my favorite drink

  11. Amazing blog! I learned so much reading this. So informative and amazing ideas

  12. Brenda & Stu | Passports, Planes & Postcards says:

    Wow, such a comprehensive list…love it! Kalua is one of my favs but unfortunately one too many heavy nights on tequila means I can’t stand it now!! 🤣