23 herbs are needed to prepare this beverage which originated in the mountains of Puebla. The yolixpa was originally used for medicinal purposes and had a strong, bitter taste; however, its consumption is related to fighting the cold of the sierra and gradually took hold among the people; today there is a more commercial version, with a sweet taste, that can be taken as a digestive liqueur. In Cuetzalan, a Magic Tow in Puebla, four types of yolixpa can be tried: the natural and the flavored; the sweetened and the unsweetened.
The process for making yolixpa is quite simple and has ancient reflections. The herbs are placed in purified water and mixed with brandy, which works as a natural preservative. The natural, original yolixpa only has the flavor of the aromatic herbs, without any sweetener; its natural color is green, and in ancient times it was used as a remedy to counteract diabetes.
Yolixpa is sweetened with natural flavors and sweeteners containing honey products such as honey molasses and brown sugar from honey, which give it that sweet flavor which, when combined with alcohol, produces a devastating effect. Yolixpa also comes in coffee, orange, passion fruit, and even coconut flavors.
The name of Cuetzalan, the birthplace of yolixpa, means “place of abundant quetzals”, and it is also a place with great slopes. This Magic Town, the first to receive this distinction, maintains a profound relationship with nature. Its afternoon showers enliven the colors of its vegetation, offering a delicious aroma of wet earth and grass. Many of its inhabitants still preserve the lifestyle of their indigenous ancestors; women stroll along its streets wearing their traditional costumes and they rarely wear shoes, filling each corner with a thousand year old atmosphere. Come and try the essence of this place in Puebla through the yolixpa, a nectar which in every sip contains part of the cultural wealth of its place of origin.