Vallarta Real Estate: Street Beverages

Aside from the fact it is illegal to walk down the street with an open container, beer is sold and consumed on the streets of Puerto Vallarta with little notice. Avoid being visibly intoxicated and you can enjoy your chilled cerveza at leisure. It seems that during Spring Break and the coinciding Easter holidays, even less attention is paid to this issue.

There are other drinks, however, of which we encourage you to venture to sample. Tejuino, though much more popular in the southern state of Colima, has caught on in Puerto Vallarta in recent years. Served cold and sometimes with beer added, there is actual very little alcohol content in tejuino on its own and you would imbibe a huge amount to feel any effect. Made from fermented corn, just like the main ingredient of tortillas and tamales, it is mixed with unrefined brown sugar and intensely boiled. Once it has reached a certain thick consistency, it is allowed to sit for a couple days until ready. With water added, served with lime juice and shaved ice, sometimes sorbet, it is extremely refreshing and additive.

Jaimica is Spanish for hibiscus and this delectable drink is made from dried petals of the gorgeous flower. Rich in vitamin C, the drink of jaimica is deep red in color and made with a recipe so uncomplicated, you can concoct it at home. The petals, available at any grocer, are soaked in water overnight, more water is added and enough sugar or Jarabe (bottled simple syrup, which is used in many drinks including margaritas) to sweeten to taste. This is poured over ice. Mexicans believe it lowers blood pressure and can also help to prevent certain parasites! Plus, it has a heavenly flavor and kids love it.

Horchata, our personal favorite, is often mistaken for a milk drink. Though there is a small amount of evaporated milk added to the final recipe, it is truly a rice based drink. Flavored with vanilla and cinnamon and sweetened with a small amount of sugar, make sure your serving isn’t too full of ice, which diminishes the flavor.

Aguas frescas are nothing more than water with chunks of fruit or vegetable loitering in the bottom of a large jar. In an effort to drink more water, which we are told is very good for us; we savor these at taco stands, where flavors are commonly changed on a daily basis. Ask what is the water of the day and you will be served a delicious wide variety such as pineapple, watermelon, strawberry, guava, cucumber.

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