Pulque is a traditional beverage from Mexico, made from the fermented sap of agave, a plant that is native to Mexico. Pulque can be consumed straight or mixed with fruit, spices and other ingredients. It’s been around since pre-Hispanic times and it’s still enjoyed today in many parts of Mexico. In this post we’ll explain what pulque is and where you can drink it!
What is Pulque?
Pulque is a traditional alcoholic beverage, is alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey (agave) plant. It is traditional in central Mexico, where it has been produced for millennia. Pulque has been described as having a taste similar to cider or sake, but with a sour finish like beer or wine; this may vary depending on its producer and age. It ranges in color from white to light brownish-yellow,often with an opaque quality due to suspended matter; this can make it difficult to judge how much water has been added.
Pulque was used by Aztecs for spiritual connections
Pulque has been drunk for at least 2000 years, and its origins are the subject of various stories and myths. Most involve Mayahuel, the goddess of the maguey. It was thought that the aguamiel collecting in the center of the plant was her blood.
The maguey was one of the most sacred and important plants in ancient Mexico. It had a privileged place in mythology, religious rituals and the Mesoamerican economy. Pulque appears in a number of graphic representations from pre-colonial times, beginning with stone carvings from about 200 CE. For the indigenous peoples of the central highlands of Mexico, the imbibing of pulque was done only by certain people, under certain conditions. It was a ritual drink, consumed during certain festivals.
Pulque needs to be consumed fresh
Pulque is a traditional Mexican drink made from the fermented sap of an agave plant. It’s the original active fermented beverage which will simply go bad after a few days so it’s truly a locavore phenomenon.
True, there are pasteurized Pulques with long shelf lives but they don’t taste or feel like truly fresh Pulque. Nor do they carry with them the [purported health benefits] of fresh Pulque so make sure to taste it next time you’re in Mexico.
How does Pulque taste like?
Pulque has a sour, milky taste. This is where people can get grossed out because unadulterated Pulque is a truly unique sensation, it’s off white and slightly viscous with a bit of that slimy sensation that you might associate with an oyster. It’s similar to Kombucha but even more so–it’s closer to drinking yogurt than beer or wine .
Pulquerias are places where pulque is served and sold. In many cases, they also serve food and drinks such as mezcal, tequila and beer. Pulquerias can be found throughout Mexico City and other parts of Mexico.
The first recorded pulquería was established in 1666 by Juan Lorenzo de la Parra. By 1750 there were over 1,000 pulquerias located in Mexico city alone. At this time they became socially accepted; some even became places of great elegance.
Pulquerias in Mexico City
Today, pulquerias are popular spots among locals and tourists alike who want to experience this unique culture while they’re visiting Mexico City.
Pulquerias are typically small establishments with limited seating options–you’ll most likely find yourself sitting on stools or at tables along the bar area if you go on weekend nights! Many also have games like billiards available for guests’ entertainment while they enjoy their drinks; however it’s worth noting that these places aren’t known for being especially rowdy so don’t expect too much noise when visiting one during off hours (such as during work days).
Museo del pulque:
PULQUE AND CURADOS WITH A TRADITION
Improve your experience at the Museum of Pulque with the best pulque and curados. The traditional third and even fourth generation jicareros are owners of other traditional pulquerias in Mexico City.