Pre-hispanic drink making strong comeback

Mexico (Notimex) – Pulque, a fermented alcoholic drink made from the maguey plant, has made a strong comeback in Mexico.

The origins of the milky-white drink go back to Pre-hispanic times, when it was reserved only for the upper classes, mainly religious and government officials. It was used in religious ceremonies and even given to women after giving birth to replenish nutrients.

From independence (1810) to the middle of the 20th century, it was the beverage of choice for the country’s working class.

During that period, hundreds of ‘Pulquerias’ opened in Mexico City, selling pulque made from maguey ranches in the nearby states of Hidalgo and Tlaxcala.

During the second-half of the 20th century however, the beverage lost popularity as Mexicans turned to beer and other spirits.

In recent years, pulque has made a strong comeback, with many pulquerías being refurbished and welcoming a new wave of young pulque drinkers.


“Pulque is diuretic and very good for pregnant women to increase their breast milk volume,” said Don Epifanio, owner of “La Hija de los Apaches,” one of the city’s most popular pulque bars. He added that pulque, and the maguey plant, have many medicinal properties.

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