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pulque

Mexican national drink from the fermented Juice from various agaves, especially agave salmiana (75%) and agave americana. The fermentation won't through yeasts effected, but through that bacterium Zymomonas mobilis. The milky cloudy pulque shows only a slight alcohol content from about 2 to 6% vol. Pulque spoils quickly and cannot be stored or transported, so the drink is outside Mexico hardly available. The Aztecs already made the pulque, they called the agave "Metl" and "Plant of the Gods" because they thought pulque was their blood. At the end of the Aztec calendar year, the people were allowed to get drunk for five days. There are numerous finds of cups or goblets from the pre-Columbian period in the shape of a monkey; the monkey symbolizes the intoxicated state of the drinker. Pulque was the forerunner of that invented by the Spanish conquerors tequila, in contrast to this, fermentation takes place, but none distillation,

Pulque - glass with white pulque, agave salmiana and monkey cup

Agave: By Daderot - Own work, CC0 , Link
Monkey-shaped mug: By TomR - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link
Glass: Von Pulque , ProtoplasmaKid , derivative work: Jocian , CC BY-SA 4.0 , Link

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