It was a sacred liquid to the Aztecs and consumed for centuries in Mexico, but the traditional pulque drink seems to be fading in popularity.
Produced from the sap of the maguey plant, pulque advocates say the drink has medicinal qualities. But they worry that beer and other beverages are pushing it aside.
Beer drinkers can find pulque's taste off-putting and no advertising campaign has been undertaken to promote the drink, said Epifanio Leyva, who runs La Botija, a pulque bar in the Mexican capital.
"For 15 years the consumption of pulque has fallen, due to a lack of advertising by the big bars," Leyva said.
The milky beverage, with a low alcohol content, is served neat or with a taste of honey or fruit. At Leyva's bar, a glass of pulque goes for 10 pesos (less than NT$30) and is served with maize tortillas with a spicy salsa.
"You can drink one or two, eat three or four tortillas and you have a meal. Pulque is very nourishing," said Pablo Flores, a stout man with a passion for pulque.
"It gives strength to women after childbirth, helps produce milk in breastfeeding mothers and makes them want to have more children," said a smiling Flores, a regular at La Botija.
Ana Pablo, who works as a dishwasher at a restaurant, said her brother was advised to take pulque for his diabetes.
To the relief of La Botija's owner, much of his bar's clientele is young.
"At first, I didn't like the texture," said 21-year-old Saria Fuentes, "then I got used to the taste and now, I love it. And it doesn't give you a hangover. What more can you ask for?"(AFP)
愛喝啤酒的人不喜歡普爾奇酒的口味，也沒有人願意幫該飲料打廣告宣傳，在墨西哥首都墨西哥市經營La Botija 普爾奇酒吧的艾琵法紐．萊發說。
1. advocate n.
擁護者 (yong3 hu4 zhe3)
例: Pam is an advocate of higher school budgets.
2. diabetes n.
糖尿病 (tang2 niao4 bing4)
例: Fatty foods have led to an increase in the number of people with diabetes.
3. clientele n.
顧客 (gu4 ke4)
例: What kind of clientele frequent this bar?
4. hangover n.
宿醉 (su4 zui4)
例: Steve woke up with a wicked hangover last Sunday.
serve neat 不摻水的
Liquor that is served neat is served without anything else, including water or ice. Whiskey is a beverage that is often served neat; some whiskey drinkers claim it's the only way to properly enjoy the beverage. On the other hand, some whiskey drinkers like to add water or ice because they claim more flavors are then released.
When ordering whiskey or other beverages, people often say they want the drink on the rocks. That means that they want ice with their drink. For example, "A whiskey sour please, on the rocks."
在點威士忌或其他飲料時，常聽人說飲料要「on the rocks」，那就表示飲料要加冰塊的意思，例如：
Kate: Oh, my head is killing me.
Mark: What's wrong? Are you sick?
Kate: No, I just had a lot of red wine last night and didn't drink enough water when I woke up.
Mark: That'll do it. Are you still going to the party tonight?
Kate: Sorry, but I've been laid low by this headache. You go alone.
lay someone low 某人病倒了
An illness that lays someone low causes that person to be unable to do what he or she would usually do. It's usually used in the passive tense. For example, "Pete was laid low by the mumps last week."
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