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Traditional Mexican Drinks to Try in Honor of Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, which halted Napoleon III's intent to claim territory in the country. Today, in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has become a commemorative day to honor Mexican culture. One fun way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is by enjoying traditional Mexican foods including drinks like horchata and snacks like churros. Below are some classic Mexican beverages for you to try in honor of Cinco de Mayo!



[Quick] Coconut Horchata

Horchata is a traditional Mexican drink served with any meal for any occasion. While this drink is made in different ways throughout Latin America, authentic Mexican horchata is typically made with rice, almonds, milk and cinnamon, and takes a long time to process. Here is a quick horchata recipe to try in honor of Cinco de Mayo. We've also included the classic version below.


Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups of Grated Coconut

  • 2 Cups Coconut Water

  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon

  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla extract

  • 1 can Organic Coconut Milk

  • 1 1/2 Cups Water

  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

Directions: Divide the ingredients in half, blending one half together until smooth. Add blended ingredients to the other half in a pitcher and mix well and serve over ice. *Optional: Strain mixture to eliminate solids before serving.


Traditional Horchata


Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of White Rice

  • 1 Cup Sugar

  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds

  • 1 Cinnamon Stick

  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla

  • 1 Can Evaporated Milk

  • 1.5 Cups of Almond Milk

  • 1 Liter of Water

  • Ice

Directions: Start by soaking rice, chopped almonds and a cinnamon stick in water for 5 hours. strain the water and blend with evaporated milk, then strain again disposing of solids. Then, add the milk, vanilla and water, stirring till blended. Lastly, mix in a liter of cold water and serve over ice.



Aguas Frescas

If you've ever visited Mexico, chances are you've seen this refreshing fruit drink everywhere. Aguas Frescas combines water and fresh fruit with sugar for cooling down on a hot day. Try with tropical fruits like mango or pineapple, or something less sweet but nonetheless refreshing like watermelon and cucumber. This is an easy Mexican recipe you and your family can enjoy for Cinco de Mayo, or any other day.


Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Chopped Fruit

  • 1 Cup Water (Try with coconut water)

  • Juice of ½ Lime

  • 1 Tsp Pure Cane Sugar or Agave

  • A Few Mint Leaves

Directions: Blend ingredients until they reach a puree texture. Test for flavor and adjust to your preference. Serve over ice.



Champurrado

Champurrado is a traditional Mexican drink that is thick and chocolatey, akin to hot chocolate, but what makes champurrado different is the masa. Mexican champurrado is made by heating milk, chocolate, piloncillo (cane sugar), and cinnamon together, then thickening with masa (corn flour). Of course, you'll want to use true Mexican ingredients for this to be an authentic champurrado, which means Mexican chocolate, Mexican cinnamon and real piloncillo (aka Panela or Mexican brown sugar). However, if you want to try champurrado with the ingredients you already have in your pantry, give the recipe below a try for a Cinco de Mayo treat.

  • 8 Cups of Water

  • 1/2 Cup of Piloncillo

  • 1 Cinnamon Stick

  • 1/2 Cup Mexican Chocolate

  • ¾ Cup of Corn Flour

Directions: Bring 6 cups of water with piloncillo and cinnamon to boil then reduce to simmer for 5-10 minutes until piloncillo or sugar is dissolved. Then, add Mexican chocolate, stirring until dissolved. In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups of water with corn flour and mix until creamy. Pour the corn flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and bring the heat up to medium until the champurrado starts to boil, then reduce to simmer. Continue stirring for 5 minutes to thicken, then let the beverage rest for an additional 5 minutes. Serve hot, but enjoy with caution so you don't burn you mouth.