September is considered the month of the Homeland in Mexico thus lots of celebrating! During this month, Mexican citizens come together to celebrate the beginning of independence known as El Grito de Dolores “Cry of Independence” starting on the night of the 15th at 11:00 pm in Mexico’s City main square “El Zócalo” and in all the government palaces around the country concluding the 16th with a military parade. No other time of year is better than September to really feel Mexico under the skin.
Independence Day is the day that the Mexican culture really stands out, the joy of the festivities are complemented with fireworks, folkloric dances, traditional Mexican dishes, drinks, traditional music and the world know mariachi, its very common to see along the streets the colors of the flag and entire families awaiting the right moment to shout VIVA MÉXICO!
Once again the country will be merged into a single voice to sing the National Anthem and will have the opportunity to hear other compositions that for their patriotic musical sense have been considered as second national anthems; such as The March of Zacatecas-Genaro Codina (1892) y The Huapango de Moncayo-Juan Pablo Moncayo (1941).
To visit Mexico is to live a world of Aztec heritage everywhere: beginning with the culture of the country following with it’s architectural remains of their cities which retain precedent of the Pre-Hispanic era. Its warm and friendly people will make you discover the secrets of a civilization living with it’s deeply rooted traditions, spicy flavors and Mariachi music.
The wide variety of fruits, seeds and flowers such as the existing Jamaica flower in Mexico, have led to an extraordinary wealth of recipes, delicious flavors and very decorative “Fresh Waters” which are an emblematic part of the Latin American culture. If you have ever visited the most authentic restaurants, you may notice that these drinks are served with a scoop from a large glass jar (vitrolero) poured over ice. The “Fresh Water” is popular both with meals and as a refreshing drink during the day.
Among the variety of the “Fresh Waters” there are very particular kinds that are not found in regular ice cream parlors as they are offered by street vendors such as:
La Tuba: Is an exotic drink, typical of tropical regions. It comes from the coconut palm tree by completely cutting the bunch of coconuts just before the flowers blossom. The liquid emanating from the cut of the branch drains into containers collected every morning and left for days for it to age to get its distinctive flavor, handed down from generation to generation this drink comes from the Philippines and was brought to Mexico during the XVI century on the many travels of the Manila Galleon.
El Tejuino: Refreshing drink derived from fermented corn and sweet sugar cane, commonly found in western Mexico thanks to the Huichol heritage. It’s served alone or with lemon, salt and cayenne pepper, it has a bittersweet flavor with a low degree of alcohol.
In spite of its popularity and its promotion through photographs done by people & tourists; nowadays these typical drinks “Fresh Water” are being severely threatened by the spread of bottled drinks.