A Guide to the Mexican Spirits Collection, undated.
With Mesoamerican origins and an existence dating at least 2000 years, pulque is one of the most culturally significant spirits in Mexico. Considered by many to be the Aztec "drink of the Gods," pulque was a sacred drink used by many civilizaions of central Mexico as an intoxicant for priests, sedative for victims of ritualistic sacrifice, medicine, and as a celebration for brave and wise individuals after a noteworthy accomplishment. Viewed as a national beverage of Mexico, pulque is seeing a recent resurgence in popularity. Pulque is fresh sap (aquamiel) from species of the agave (maguey) plant that has been fermented. It has a milky and frothy consistency and slightly acidic scent.
Escalante A, López Soto DR, Velázquez Gutiérrez JE, Giles-Gómez M, Bolívar F, López-Munguía A. "Pulque, a Traditional Mexican Alcoholic Fermented Beverage: Historical, Microbiological, and Technical Aspects." Frontiers in Microbiology. (2016)7:1026, accessed May 10, 2017, doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.01026.
"What is Pulque?" Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, accessed May 10, 2017, http://delmaguey.com/pulque/.
"What's pulque and why is it important?" Agave Cocina & Tequilas, accessed May 10, 2017, https://agavecocina.com/whats-pulque-and-why-is-it-important/.
Contains two photographs and three photo postcards illustrating the production of pulque in Mexico, and one printed color brochure for the refinery Casa Colorado.
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[Identification of item], Mexican Spirits Collection, MS 486, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
Collection was donated by Tom Christal, in memory of his friend Charles "Cho" Seifert, in March 2017.
Processed by Amber Harmon, Library Assistant II, April 2017.
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