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The word atol is a term derived from the Nahuatl language of the historically-known Aztecs in Mexico, who expanded to incorporate a large part of Mesoamerica into their domain before the conquest. Many foods, including this traditional hot corn- and masa-beverage was coined a staple of Mesoamerican tradition. For the Mayas, corn was a sacred food – an essential part of many ceremonies but was also consumed on a daily basis, in its many forms. Today, it remains a part of a daily routine, and this drink is not only believed to be good for you, some swear on its therapeutic qualities! It has become a very popular beverage in the region and is served in fairs & markets, where you can appreciate how the fresh corn is ground and the expressed liquid is used as the base, rather than using masa, and churned on the spot! The drink is filling and nutritious, but also smooth and delicious, which makes it a yummy treat any hour of the day!