I was doing some research on the cuisine of a Acapulco, Gro. because of my falling in love with a new restaurant here in San Diego called: El Sabor de Acapulco. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/513992
Came Across this page first which mention a drink I had not heard of called " Tuba": http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:...
Hmm....interesting. Further research yielded this page: http://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/n... Put out by the great ppl over at Mex desconcido giving it a neighboring state of Colima origin where the Manila Galleons would first arrive.
Then, this awesome page explaining the nuances of mex homebrew drinks http://sepiensa.org.mx/contenidos/fer...
Towards the bottom is the Tuba. My translation: It appears to be a sort of palm wine thats origins lie in the Philippines! Lightly alcoholic, sparkling and used by the mestizos of the colima and guerrero coasts.
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuba_(be... This is the wikipedia article with a picture of a drink unadulterated with fruit flavors with some sort of seed or peanut floating on top. Flavored versions include jamaica, peanut, cucumber, and apple.
The palm is extracted before the flower blooms. Interesting stuff!