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Jul 7, 2007 10:22 AM

Xtabentun Liqueur? Mayan Cuisine?

I just returned from the Riveria Maya and am on a search for Xtabentum, an anise-honey liqueur that was fantastic. I had it in a frozen drink made with rum or tequila (?), lime, and sugar. It was amazing- not sweet, not limey, not too anisey but perfectly balanced and refreshing.

We've checked Twin Liqueurs to no avail, but if anyone knows where to find this it would be much appreciated!!!

Oh, and any place that serves Yucatan-Mayan like cuisine would be nice too!

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  1. You may want to call ahead and check, but Spec's has it listed as part of their inventory.


    1. Did you happen to go to Yaxche in Playa del Carmen? I love that place.

      There are lots of places in Austin that serve conchinita pibil, but no place that I know of that has a menu like this (attached):

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      1. re: rudeboy

        I did go to Yaxche! It was amazing, and worth the trip just to go there. I will have to look around for the conchinita pibil here. Thanks for the tip!

        1. re: ChristineR

          I thought that we could attach images here, but I guess not. I have jpegs of their menu......

          1. re: rudeboy

            Good call, but I actually went to their website so I could check the drink recipe. If only Yaxche was closer...

            1. re: ChristineR

              Yaxche has a shrimp dish, chac mool, that has chipoltle, tangerine, and tomato sauce. If anyone knows a place that serves a similar dish, I would love to try it. I have tried to recreate the flavors at home, but it is not quite right.

              1. re: Honey Bee

                Not sure where one would find it in Austin, so you might try getting chipotles that aren't steeped in adobo, and then macerating and adding them to the tangetine and tomato, perhaps with a little ground annato.

                1. re: rudeboy

                  Good idea rudeboy. I am not familiar with annato. Can you tell me a little about it?

                  1. re: Honey Bee

                    I'm sorry that I missed this before. You can get annato from Fiesta, and then you can get achiote (annato with other things in it ready to go). mix with orange, lime and habanero...mmmm!

                  2. re: rudeboy

                    Here's the menu that I couldn't attach before. Pretty sure a lot of this doesn't exist in Austin.

        2. The LA Times had an article in June on "hidden" Mexican liqueurs, including Xtabentun. The sources listed for D'Aristi Xtabentun were Beverages and More; and Beverage Warehouse with the prices listed between $30 to $34.

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          1. re: cinderz

            Yup I just bought some at Bev Mo for $32. If available the following brand is better:

            Balche is another similar type of Mayan honey liquer that uses different herbs than Xtabentun.

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