Alcoholic Drinks
of the Mercado Area

Within Mexican mercados themselves local officials nearly everywhere do a good job keeping the premises safe and businesslike. This is not to say, however, that the same atmosphere extends to across the street. In fact, bars and less formal drinking holes often cluster on a mercado's perimeter.

Each of Mexico's dozens of indigenous groups seems to have at least one fermented drink that it thinks of as its own. The following list just scratches the surface.