Mexico is a North American country bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. It lies between the United States and Belize. The country is steeped in tradition and culture, with food and drink being particularly popular exports. Giving a traditional Mexican gift might include Mexican cooking equipment, the country's signature tequila or Talavera pottery.
Mexican Cooking Gifts
Mexican cooking is famous for intense flavors, heavy spices, extravagant presentation and bold color. Mexican salsas, enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos and chalupas are now eaten worldwide and are popular as far away as Eastern Europe. One gift idea is equipment to help people make their own traditional Mexican dishes. An example is a tortilla press, a gadget designed to evenly flatten tortilla mix without using a rolling pin. Also, you might give a salsa mixer, a mini food processor that can chop and blend salsa ingredients with speed and efficiency. Or you could give something that serves Mexican food, such as a taco holder or a tortilla server and warmer.
Tequila is an alcoholic spirit made from the Agave tequilana, or blue agave, plant of Mexico. The drink is predominantly manufactured in and around the city of Tequila and in the highlands of the Mexican state of Jalisco, where the plant grows naturally. Tequila is an ideal gift for an alcohol connoisseur and makes a great party present because the bottle can be opened there for all to enjoy. The website Tequila.net recommends several brands very highly. One option is 3 Amigos Tequila Blanco, a clear, fresh spirit bottled immediately after distillation that gives a distinct taste of the Agave tequilana plant. Another is Anejo, a mescal or variant of tequila made from the Agave americana plant; only 1,224 bottles of this limited-edition vintage resulted from the 2010 batch.
Talavera is a type of earthenware that looks like a white, glazed piece of ceramic. Spaniards from Talavera de la Reina, Spain, introduced the art of making Talavera pottery, but it has become more synonymous with Mexico and is widely considered one of the country's trademark arts. Talavera pottery comes in many shapes and sizes; you might choose as a gift a Talavera platter or bowl for the kitchen, a set of ceramic tiles for the bathroom or a Talavera birdbath for your garden. This type of pottery is traditionally painted with colorful, detailed patterns; common motifs include birds, flowers and faces in oranges, reds, blues and yellows.
- Photo Credit Tequila image by Azazirov from Fotolia.com soft tacos image by aline caldwell from Fotolia.com
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