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Posted:  |  Updated: 08/31/12 10:48 AM ET

Mexican Drink Recipes: Margaritas, Horchatas, Micheladas And More (Photos)

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, what better time than now to learn about the world of Mexican beverages? Most people stop their exploration with Margaritas, while others are slightly more adventurous and make it to Micheladas or palomas; and if you've lived in a city with a substantial Mexican community, you've most likely tried some version of aguas frescas (non-alcoholic drinks) -- horchata, tamarindo and Jamaica being some of the more popular flavors.

But that's just the beginning of refreshing beverages to be had thanks to Mexico; there are still many more to explore. From milky, sweet horchatas -- a rice-based agua fresca -- to creamy masa-based drinks like atoles or champurrados, the realm of Mexican beverages is varied and unique. While you can make most of these drinks in your own kitchen, some are not quite as accessible (though they just might be worth a trip to Mexico). Click through the slideshow below to learn about the refreshments enjoyed south of the border.

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Margaritas are one of the first things people think of when identifying Mexican beverages, and there's no shame in that. When made fresh, they make one refreshing cocktail.

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