"Exotic" Beverages from Mexico
- Eat_Nopal Jul 16, 2007 04:55 PM
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!
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! : )
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.
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.
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.