One of the most important things that you have to know when you travel abroad is the gastronomy of the country that you’re visiting. Typical dishes and drinks are a beautiful way to know about the culture and the life in the region. Try to not just visit the museums and beaches, also look for what citizens eat, where and how they do it.
An important point to know about Mexico: Tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and many other dishes are eaten by hands. Enjoy the variety of this gastronomy, taste all the food and drinks you can. Each state has they own dishes, chiles, and drinks, but there are many of them that you can taste wherever you are in Mexico.
Like every country, there are typical drinks. The most famous but not the only one is tequila. Tequila is created from the agave plant. Tequila was born in Tequila, Jalisco, but another four close states can produce it. There are many Tequila’s houses, the commonest are Souza, Don Julio, 1800, etc. You can taste in every bar, taberna or restaurant and buy it in all the supermarkets. Do you like to drink Margarita cocktail? It’s made with tequila.
Mezcal is another drink made from the agave plant. It is stronger than tequila, this means it has a more intense flavor and has 45% vol. at least. Tequila is a mezcal produced in Tequila, it could be made from many types of agave plants. Mezcal, on the other hand, is produced from blue agave. Oaxaca is a state in the south of Mexico where you can find crafts made mezcal (also homemade in the citizen’s houses).
There’s another drink made from agave plant called Pulque. Pulque is a mead, typical prehispanic drink and it is known as “the drink of Gods”. It’s sweeter than the other ones but you have to be careful because of the hangover. Trust me.
Of course, you have another option: Beer. If you prefer a soft option, you can taste the different Mexican beers. More than Corona, you must taste Indio, Bohemia or the craftmade beers