Imagine drinking a drink made for high status priest of mesoamerican cultures and dedicated to gods in the past. As a matter of fact, you can do it, this drink is the “Tejate”, a oaxacan drink that you can try in your next trip to Oaxaca. Know about the tejate, ceremonial drink, and where to try it in this post.
WHAT’S THE TEJATE?
The Tejate is a ceremonial drink originated in the Central Valleys region in Oaxaca. It even existed before the spaniards arrived. Ancestral cultures used this drink only for ceremonial purposes, therefore only priests and kings that participated in the ceremony could drink it. The ceremony that they made was to thank the arrival of the time for sow.
The ingredients of this drink are: corn, cocoa, pixtle, and the flower of the cocoa tree. The person who makes the drink mixes the ingredients together and dissolves them in water.
If you get to try this delicious drink, you should be very thankful, you will be trying an ancestral drink, kept like that since pre-hispanic times.
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WHAT DOES TEJATE MEAN?
The name of this drink comes from náhuatl texatl, this word means floured water, due to the “flour” made that contains the flavor.
WHERE TO TRY THIS DELICIOUS DRINK?
You can enjoy this refreshing beverage at the city markets, towns, street stalls, or fairs. To enjoy it the traditional way, drink it in the red decorated gourd. However it can also be served in a plastic bottle or bag.
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