Mexican drinks

7 Popular Mexican Drinks You Have To Try

Mexico is home to some of the world’s favourite food and beverages, with amazing non-alcoholic and alcoholic Mexican drinks to sample. From shots of tequila to spicy beer cocktails and dark hot chocolates, there’s a lot to love here.

If you can’t visit here right now, you can still learn more about how the must-try coffee styles, tea, sodas or what cocktails locals are ordering in bars – and maybe even try making some of these authentic tipples at home!

Popular Mexican Drinks

1. Michelada

Michelada is a Mexican beer-based cocktail with a spicy kick. Simply mix your favourite Mexican lager with lime juice and the hot sauce of your choice. Add a few dashes of umami-rich Maggi and Worcestershire sauces and enjoy!

Due to its spiciness, it is often used as a hangover cure. When it’s prepared with clam and tomato juice is known as Clamato, and when its made with Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, chili, and salt goes under the name Cubana.

Recipe by Patrick

2. Agua de Jamaica

This tasty and refreshing beverage has only four ingredients: hibiscus, water, sugar and lime zest. You can drink it both hot and cold, its literal translation is ‘hibiscus water’.

It’s said to have health benefits like lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

3. Champurrado

This thick and creamy hot chocolate recipe is so good it could be served as a dessert!

Traditionally masa harina/corn flour is used to thicken the chocolate and create the perfect texture. Champurrado is a very popular drink during Dia de los Muertos and Las Posadas during the Christmas season.

Recipe by Yvette

4. Carajillo

This coffee cocktail is delicious either hot or cold. In the summer, it’s a perfect way to use cold brew coffee. If you love coffee and cocktails then this is the drink for you!

The recipe is super simple: coffee, orange zest, and Licor 43. If you can’t find the Licor 43, feel free to swap-in brandy or whiskey.

Recipe by Mireille

5. Kahlúa

This award-winning Mexican coffee liqueur is a must-try and you can find it in pretty much any bar across the world.

Although it works great on its own, it is a popular ingredient in many cocktails. Some famous creations are; White Russian, Espresso Martini, and a layered B52 shot.

6. Batidos

Also known as “preparados”, these Latin American milkshakes are made with fresh fruit,  milk, ice and a splash of vanilla extract. Super simple to make and truly delicious.

You’ll find these throughout Mexico, sold by street vendors, and in special licuado shops, restaurants, and fruterias.

7. Rompope

This Latin American version of eggnog is a mix of rum or brandy, milk, sugar, and egg yolks, while some add-ons may include nuts, vanilla flavouring, nutmeg, or cinnamon.

Rompope can be either lukewarm, heated, or on the rocks, and it is popular all year round, traditionally on various special occasions. It is also common to use it in desserts, as a fruit or ice cream topping.

Siobhan McKenny