Non-Alcoholic Drinks
of the Mercado Area

Except for fruit juices squeezed into sterile, disposable cups, I'd not advise drinking any mercado non-alcohol drink. Mostly they are based on water, and the purity of not-bottled Mexican water can never be assured. Even fruit juices are often diluted with suspect water. Nonetheless, it can be fascinating to know just what people are drinking as they stand next to mercado drink-stands. Especially in Indian regions, many of the drinks have roots in pre-Columbian times. Here's a list of some of the most typical or otherwise interesting non-alcoholic, mercado-area drinks: