I found myself missing the time I spent in Mexico today.
I missed the sunshine, swimming in the perfectly tempered crystal clear water, and the tacos (my goodness the tacos). Truth be told, the most delicious thing I consumed in Mexico wasn’t a dish. It was a drink. A non-alcoholic drink. The best thing I had on my trip was the Horchata de Coco at Paleteria Zamora.
Paleteria Zamora is a juice bar and ice cream parlor on the corner of the Huatulco town square. My uncle wouldn’t stop talking about the place. We came for the Guanabana juice, but we fell in love with the Horchata de Coco. It was creamy, it was rich, it was perfectly sweet, and we couldn’t get enough of it. It had none of the grit found in the rice based horchata found at taco shops here in the states. But it had all of the flavor, and then some.
So we drank it. Every. Single. Day. In the biggest container they would put it in. We couldn’t get enough. We begged for the recipe, but they never gave it up. It was a family secret, they said.
I can’t think of a better warm weather beverage. Just about everything we had there was delicious. From the strawberry cream and pistachio paletas, to the passion fruit juice. We loved it all.
That Horchata de Coco though. I would return to Huatulco just to have it again. If you ever find yourself there, have a glass (or two) for me.
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