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January 07, 2018

A Taste of Mexico

A Taste of Mexico

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How to spice up your cooking with authentic Mexican cuisine

What ingredients and flavours sum up Mexican cuisine?

Mexican food is a rich, enchanting mix of flavour, colour and texture; its presentation is as important as its taste. With a diverse history, Mexico’s cultural heritage began with the native Aztec Indian tribes and was touched by Spain, France and, eventually, America. 

 

What is the difference between Mexican cola and other types of cola?

The primary difference in flavor between Mexican Cola and others is that Mexican Cola is sweetened using cane sugar as opposed to high fructose corn syrup. Mexican Cola has become something of a cult favourite in recent years as fans say it tastes more ‘natural’.

 

If someone wanted to experience Mexican food at home, what should they try and make?

Favourites for Mexican Food at home include burritos, tacos, enchiladas and stuffed peppers. Try starting with the basics from Mexican cuisine: integrate products such as tortillas and corn chips into your cooking, or experiment with traditional Mexican flavourings such as chilli peppers, coriander and lime.

 

Is the Mexican food we get in the UK authentic?

The dishes we would call Mexican in the UK are only a small part of a very wide cuisine. While there are many authentic Mexican restaurants in the UK, they tend to focus on tacos, burritos and quesadillas. There is a great deal more than the average Brit has tried—we encourage you to find new recipes you may never have heard of before!

 

Is there any dish or drink from Mexico that deserves more recognition in the UK?

Mexican cola is a good one to try—it’s so wonderfully sweet and rich! A more unusual flavour of drink that deserves more recognition is tamarind. It’s really worth a try!

 

Are there any food and drinks that are traditionally consumed around Christmas time?

Here are some Christmas favourites

  • Tamales—a kind of wrap made from masa dough, steamed and filled with either sweet or savoury fillings.
  • Ponche—Christmas fruit punch served hot with lots of fruits
  • Pavo—turkey
  • Buñuelos—fluffy sweet dessert made with corn with maple syrup
  • Chicken prepared with different stuffings and accompanied with various side dishes such as salads or rice

What alcohol is popular in Mexican cuisine?

Tequila is the spirit on everyone’s minds when it comes to Mexican alcohol. Made from the agave plant, tequila adds an instant taste of Mexico to any drink! Try a traditional margarita, or mix it with your favourite fizzy drink to give it a bit of a kick.

When drinking, what is the equivalent of ‘cheers!’ in Mexico?

Salud! Pronounced ‘sah-lood’.

Enjoy the lush tropical flavours of Jarritos that have been enjoyed in Mexico and throughout the world since 1950; Lime, Mango, Guava, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Mexican Cola and Pineapple.

Delicious on their own but perfect for cocktails also! For more information visit jarritos.com