From the Nahuatl textli (masa) and atl (water), Tejate is a cold, frothy ceremonial beverage with pre-Hispanic origins linked to the indigenous Zapotecs in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca. Made with cacao, nixtamalized corn, mamey seeds, rosita de cacao (a flower not related to the cacao), and sugar. The texture is dissolved in water and beaten with bare hands until it creates foam. It is served in colorful jicaras, or drinking gourds.
Prepared by Lucrecia Ruiz Ruiz