Rompope is an alcoholic beverage which was created in Puebla at the Convento de Santa Clara. It is an eggnog-like drink made from, not surprisingly, eggs, milk, vanilla flavouring and aguardiente. Additional ingredients can be added to create different flavours such as strawberry, cinnamon or coffee. Weirdly, no matter what flavour it is, the colour always ends up fluorescent (as seen in the picture below). Like the subjects of many of my previous posts, Rompope is very poblano, and is sold across the city and state. You can buy it easily wherever you go; for example in Cholula (see post here) and cantinas like La Pasita (see post here).
La Pasita is most definitely part of Poblano culture and history. The oldest cantina in Puebla, La Pasita has been open since 1916 and sells shots and bottles of hand crafted liquor. The most famous of these, is the so-called ‘pasita’ which is pictured below. It has an unusual taste so I won’t even try to describe it, but it’s worth the try. It is served with a piece of cheese and a grape (or raisin?) which you are supposed to eat before you take the shot. Usually people enjoy the shot sip by sip, but each to their own. Each shot goes for 25 pesos with other crafted liquors available such as Rompope (look out for a post on this) and other flavours such as lemon, coconut and pineapple.
The address is Av 5 Oriente 602, Puebla Centro, 72000 Puebla, Mexico, and is located in the historical centre. It is open till 5.30pm.