from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thick fermented alcoholic beverage made in Mexico from various species of agave.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A milk-colored, somewhat viscous Mexican alcoholic drink made from the fermented sap of certain agave plants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An intoxicating Mexican drink. See agave.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fermented drink made in Mexico and some countries of Central America from the juice of the a gave or maguey, Agave Americana.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fermented Mexican drink from juice of various agave plants especially the maguey
To assist in its fermentation, however, a little old pulque, _Madre pulque_, as it is called, which has fermented for many days, is added to it, and in twenty-four hours after it leaves the plant, you may imbibe it in all its perfection.
Now that pulque is sold in cans, it is more accessible to people outside the pulque producing regions, but diluted beer can be substituted and the recipe is written to be used with either one.
Various types of pozole, mole, whitefish with garlic, fish birria, chichicuilotes (birds indigenous to the Jalisco lakeshores) are served, along with bote, a stew made with beef, pork or chicken, with vegetables usually cooked in pulque and served in a thick sauce.
Unlike tequila, another agave-derived drink, pulque is not distilled.
Johnny tells me that pulque is used in many recipes here in central Mexico and that his Mexican wife Estela considers it part of the culinary experience of the country.
Once allowed only to Aztec nobles and priests, pulque is produced by cutting out the center of a Maguey cactus and collecting the liquid which rises from it.
Before it can flower, they cut the stalk out, and the center of the plant fills with the sap they call pulque.
From the mild pulque is distilled a rum called mescal.
The pulque is collected in jars that the gatherers carry suspended from their shoulders.
Then we invariably have frijoles (brown beans stewed), hot tortillas – and this being in the country, pulque is the universal beverage.