World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0022409878
Reproduction Date:

Title: Tejuino  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Mexican cuisine, Tesgüino, Pozol, List of maize dishes, Mexican juice bar
Collection: Fermented Beverages, Maize Beverages, Mexican Alcoholic Beverages, Mexican Beverages
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


A cup of tejuino with shaved ice in it.
Course Beverage
Place of origin Mexico
Serving temperature Ice Cold
Main ingredients Corn, Piloncillo, Lime, Salt
Variations Lime sorbet (nieve de limon), Chili powder

Tejuino is a cold beverage made from fermented corn and popularly-consumed in the Mexican state of Colima. Tejuino is usually made from corn dough, the same kind used for tortillas and tamales. The dough is mixed with water and piloncillo (cone-shaped unrefined brown sugar) and boiled until the liquid is very thick. The liquid is then allowed to ferment very slightly. The resulting drink is generally served cold, with lime juice, a pinch of salt and a scoop of shaved ice or lime sorbet.[1]

Although the drink is strongly associated with the state of Colima, it is also commonly found in other parts of Mexico and more recently in Mexican American communities across Southwestern United States.[2] In Mexico it is usually sold by street vendors in small plastic cups or in plastic bags tied around a straw. In the United States it can be found in Mexican juice bars.[2]


  • Origin 1
  • Variations 2
  • Alcohol Content 3
  • Gallery 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


The exact origin of Tejuino is disputed, however most Mexicans agree that the drink dates back to pre-Columbian times. The ancient Nahua people of Mexico viewed Tejuino as the "drink of the gods" and it is still called this way by some Mexicans today.[3]


Within the state of Colima there are variations as to how it is served. In Puerto Vallarta, for example, tejuino is served without nieve de limon (lime sorbet). In Guadalajara, however, it is served exclusively with nieve de limon, but not all the time, that depends on the buyer desicion. [4] The nieve de limon is a home made lime sorbet that is often put into the drink to bring out its natural flavor.

Alcohol Content

Since tejuino is only allowed to ferment for a couple of days at most, the alcohol content is actually very low. There is a common myth among Mexicans that one can get drunk from drinking too much tejuino, however this is usually due to the addition of small amounts of beer in some recipes rather than the alcohol content of the tejuino itself.


See also


  1. ^ "Cold Drinks, Mexican style". 2007-03-04. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Ethnic food tastes worth acquiring: Tejuino". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Tejuino El Tucan: Beverage of the Gods". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Slurping Tejuino". Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.