The Five Drinks You Need to Taste in Tuxtla, Chiapas

Visitors come to Tuxtla for the outdoor adventures, the chance to rappel waterfalls and sinkholes, partake in caving, canyoning and more. Much more. Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital city of Chiapas, is an outdoor adventure-focused destination in Mexico.

Yet, truly staying adventurous involves all the senses including taste. Certainly Tuxtla provides  visitors opportunity to taste plenty unique flavors and dishes with its local cuisine, but travelers can sample plenty of delicious drinks too. And when visiting, make sure that list of drinks includes these five (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) must tastes.

Start the Day with the Best Coffee

With coffee plantations so plentiful and close to Tuxtla, visitors will certainly need to enjoy the morning cup of joe. Known as the best coffee in Mexico and arguably one of the best regions in the world, sample your first cup without any milk or sugar and see if you can taste the difference.

And even in you off the daily ritual (I recently gave up coffee), it may make sense to treat yourself to this goodness, especially since many of your adventure activities often kick off with an early morning start. Either way Chiapas coffee makes a great souvenir for friends, family, or even for those Sunday mornings at home.

Chiapas Coffee as a souvenir from Tuxtla

Enjoying a cup of coffee with my coffee table book all from Tuxtla

Sale un Pumpo!

Sale Un Pumpo from Las Pichanchas in Tuxtla

Pumpo with one glass… it fills plenty

At the restaurant Las Pichanchas not only is there a chance to take in a cultural show and indulge in the authentic local cuisine, but tables can also family style-share cocktails. Hollowed gourds filled with a pineapple cocktail come to the table with excitement when a “Pumpo” is ordered. Waiters celebrate and scream “ Sale un Pumpo,” then ring a bell as containers are delivered to tables inside the restaurant.

Pouring a glass of Pumpo at Las Pichinchas in Tuxtla

All eyes on the Pumpo pour

Inside the fresh pineapple juice is blended with vodka (not pineapple’s typical Caribbean partner rum or the Mexican classic Tequila) along with mineral water to create frozen refreshment that makes you all cheer for more! Sale un Pumpo!

The Magic of Mistela

Socializing in Mariba Park sampling the local Mistela

Sipping the magic of mistela in Marimba Park

Made from fruit fermentation using the regional nanchi and jocote, Mistela is sweet sipping liquor that apparently may or may not provide special dancing ability to those who imbibe. One evening when visiting Parque de la Marimba in Tuxtla, the generous “welcoming committee” of local  provided us with plenty of pours of this sweet sensation as we danced to the live music in the square.

a night out at Marimba Square in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas

Dancing to the music in Parque Marimba, gracias Mistela

Marimba Square apparently never takes a night off with local families or romantic couples out to socialize in the main plaza. Definitely a must visit when taking in the adventures available in Tuxtla Gutierrez.  I know I’ll be back and recommend the plaza for everyone who visits.

The Refreshing Ritual of Pozol

For the local indigenous, Pozol represents a drink of the gods dating back to pre-Hispanic times during the rituals of the Mayas, Chiapanecos, and Zoques. Now much more commonplace, the beverage is served and offered to all classes and makes for a perfect refreshment after an adventure. Derived largely from corn and cacao (unsweetened) and then grinded to a powder, the mixture is then dissolved in water and ice.

pozol being poured in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico

a big pour of Pozol.

Also, packages are available in local markets for sale.

Artisanal Beer

The craft beer craze continues to be popular in Mexico with good reason and after a Chiapas sunset when entertaining a night on the town in Tuxtla a beer is perfect way to end the day (or begin the night).  Local menus will include more beer options than the popular Mexican beer you know from their commercials.

Amensia Cerveza en Tuxtla Chiapas

love this name

One local beer crafted in Chiapas, Nocturna, was from the “Amnesia” family of beer. I suppose it is what you want to drink when you plan to forget the night? Or forget something that night? Well, I haven’t forgotten this beer and the few others I did try in Chiapas.

Another favorite was the Olmeca family of craft beers brewed in neighboring Tabasco. I even imported one back to the states for the holidays.

Olmeca craft beers, a delicious cerveza found in Tabasco, Chiapas, Mexico City and expanding

another tasty souvenir from my travels to Tuxtla

So as you can see, you have quite a few unique drinks to taste on your next adventure to Tuxtla. Enjoy them all, I certainly did.

Stay tasting Tuxtla, Craig

Special thanks to Tuxtla Tourism for hosting my return to Chiapas and providing the photo of Pozol. As always the thoughts and opinions crafted here are my own.

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  • william b kaliher

    Great info—especially on the beer for me– did not know the region was expanding into local or special brands of beer– but any good beer would be great to enjoy in most of Chiapas —

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      there are plenty of craft brew options…. and definitely see if you can sample the one from near by Tabasco (found in Chiapas) – really enjoyed those Olmeca beers…. Stay Drinking, Craig

      • william b kaliher

        will do–appreciate those tips