Tejuino is made from the same corn dough used for tortillas and tamales. The dough is mixed with water and brown sugar (piloncillo) and boiled. Then the liquid is allowed to ferment very slightly. The resulting drink is generally served cold, with lime juice, a pinch of salt and a scoop of shaved ice or lemon sherbet. It is usually sold by street vendors in small plastic cups or in plastic bags tied around a straw.
Within the state of Jalisco there are variations as to how it is served. In Puerto Vallarta, for example, tejuino is served without nieve de limon. In Guadalajara, however, it is served exclusively with nieve de limon. The nieve de limon is a home made lime sorbet that is often put into the drink to bring out its natural flavor. Although the drink originated in Jalisco, it is now found in other parts of Mexico and even in some Mexican-American communities in the United States.
- "Cold Drinks, Mexican style". 2007-03-04. Retrieved 2009-04-15.