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"Exotic" Beverages from Mexico

No I am not referring to Chia Seed Agua Fresca or Nopal Smoothies... any source in the Bay Area (North Bay preferable) for less popular packaged beverages from Mexico:

> Damiana (Herbal Liquor from Baja California Sur)

> Charanda (Sugar Cane Moonshine from Michoacan)

> Mexican Microbrews Casta, Cucupa, others?

> Baja California Wines

> Queretaro Sparkling Wines

> Yucatecan Honey Wines

Any thing else interesting?

Thanks a bunch. I really need a Damiana source!

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  1. You might want to open a topic on the Spirits board for mail-order options.

    1. I can only help you with Xtabentun - I think that the owner of El Rey Pakal may have some bottles.

      Also- in San Diego - a place called Holiday wine cellars carries a microbrew from the sonora region I believe and I have heard good things - will try to find out more info or If I go to visit my family soon I will see about bringing some up.

      I was recently reading about brandies from the grape producing areas around Aguascalientes - has any one tried/ seen these?

      On a side note - I was playing with the idea of making some of the fermented Pineapple drink of Jalisco using Kennedys recipe - Cant recall if its called Tejuino or tepache? If I make some up I'll drop you a line! : )

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      1. re: kare_raisu

        Aguascalientes brandy.... I am mostly familiar with the Domecq products (Solera method)... there are some sippable ones... I don't remember the sub-brand however. I am not sure about other producers.

        Tepache is Pineapple.... Tejuino is Corn... I made some last year and have a thread here on the homecooking forum... turned out quite well for a first attempt.

      2. you can have MY damiana, it's gross. It was left at the apt. I'm subletting and I thought it had a lovely smelly, citrusy and tequila-ish, but MAN! it tastes like the essence of echinacea my mom used to make me drink when I had colds as a kid.

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        1. re: polyhymnia

          Its herbal no doubt.... but (at least the Guayrura brand) has an overall sweet vanilla flavor to it.... I drink it straight.. but of course its better with a Canteloupe smoothie.

        2. Update Bev Mo (Beverages & More) in Santa Rosa (Santa Rosa Ave).... does carry some of these:

          > Guayrura Damiana - $20
          > Licor Agavero (100% Blue Agave Tequila infused with Damiana leaves) - $30
          > Coronado Rompope (better ingredients than the common Santa Clara brand) - $14
          > Kahlua Especial (top shelf version) - $20

          Kare.... they carry Domecq's Azteca de Oro ($25) which is the best of the non-boutique brandies out of Mexico.

          1. ... and their Tequila selection is very, very good.... go beyond Patron, Don Julio, Herradura & Cazadores.

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            1. re: Eat_Nopal

              Also... while the Mezcal selection was uninspiring... they do carry a decent Sotol and another Non-Webber Agave spirit (which I am blanking on).

              1. re: Eat_Nopal

                Nice! I will have to check this out ---this is the one by Trader Joes?

                So what did you pick up?

                1. re: kare_raisu

                  Yup by TJ's.... picked up a bottle of Damiana Guayrura which was subsequently dropped on the kitchen floor and lost to the mop. I am debating on whether to replace it with Guayrura (which I was craving as had my last sip of Licor 43... which shares a somewhat similar flavor)... or Licor de Agavero which sounds a little higher quality... but which I've never had.

                  1. re: Eat_Nopal

                    the Rompope also interests me - but I think I might wait for christmas for that one.