OAX_RE_BENITO JUAREZ, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

Tejate, The Pre-Hispanic Energy Drink from Oaxaca

When in Oaxaca State, when you visit the markets and traditional shops you will find lines of locals buying from ladies and drinking a concoction served in colorful bowls or plastic glasses. This drink is called Tejate and is very popular among the mixteco and zapoteco people in the state of Oaxaca.
Tejate probably comes from the nahuatl word "texatl" and it means flour water which is exactly the texture of the drink. It is made with toasted corn flour, fermented cacao beans, the cacao plant flower and mamey fruit pits, all the ingredients are mixed into a fine flour and water is added while the mixture is mixed by hand. When the cacao flower starts coming to the top in the form of a fine paste above the water the drink is ready. Depending on your taste a syrup can be added. The result is a delicious refreshing drink although it might look strange with hints of chocolate. It is really good and is one of many ancient recipes you can still find in everyday Mexico in the state of Oaxaca.

Tejate, The Pre-Hispanic Energy Drink from Oaxaca