Refreshing in the sweltering summer heat, delicious in your favorite cocktail and packed with healthy minerals, there's a lot to like about Topo Chico mineral water. Brought to the United States by Mexican immigrants before becoming popular among hipsters, you're unlikely to find a restaurant, cafe, or bar that doesn't serve the fizzy beverage in Austin, let alone Texas.
If you've never sipped a Topo Chico, run to your nearest Mexican grocery store if you're not in Texas, and to H-E-B if you are, to purchase a 12-pack, pronto. Then, crack open one of those glass bottles, and check out these 10 facts about Topo Chico, the magical Mexican sparkling water.
1. It comes with its own Aztec legend.
Legend holds that an Aztec King discovered Topo Chico when seeking a cure for the mysterious illness ailing his daughter.
Following rumors of secret and warm, restorative springs, King Moctezuma I Ilhuicamina brought his daughter to bathe and drink from the sparkling mineral water, where she soon regained her health, joy and strength.
2. It's been drawn from the same source for over 120 years.
Since 1895, Topo Chico has been drawn from these "enchanted" underground springs, located by the Cerro del Silla mountains near Monterrey, Mexico. The limestone quarries of northern Mexico provide the waters' mineral properties. Can you guess where Topo Chico gets its name?
3. Topo Chico means "Little Mole".
The name Topo Chico--little mole--comes from the Cerro del Topo Chico near the Cerro del Silla, which rests atop the underground reservoir that is Topo Chico's source. Its mole-like appearance earned it this moniker. The inactive volcano is also near the area of Mexico's first Coca-Cola bottling plant.
4. Topo Chico mineral water is as healthy as it is delicious.
Thermal mineral water that's been purified by physical processes, ice-cold Topo Chico mineral water isn't just delicious and refreshing-- it's also good for you. Each bottle is packed with healthy minerals including sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and manganese. You have to drink lots of water every day, so you might as well make it really healthy water, right?
5. You can no longer visit Topo Chico Springs.
Unfortunately, if you were hoping to make the pilgrimage from America to Cerro del Silla to bathe in the mysterious Topo Chico waters like an Aztec princess in need of healing powers, you're out of luck.
Topo Chico strictly enforces exclusive property rights and restricts access to the springs to ensure the continued integrity and purity of the waters. The particular blend of minerals in these springs are unique and require careful safeguarding.
6. Topo Chico mineral water is available in 28 states.
Never even heard of Topo Chico? You're not alone. While the manufacturer claims it is available in 28 of the United States, it's rarely found outside of Texas.
For all the non-Texans, it is available for purchase online in both the original glass bottles and in plastic bottles. Check out the website to see where. One sip and you'll never ask for a San Pellegrino or Perrier again, guaranteed.
7. Topo Chico tastes great with lime and salt.
The makers of Topo Chico mineral water suggest trying the drink with a pinch of salt and a wedge of lime. It's pretty good--kind of like homemade Gatorade, the best natural hangover cure from the best sparkling water around.
8. It's available in different flavors.
While less prevalent, Topo Chico with a twist of lime and twist of grapefruit are both available. If your grocery store doesn't carry them, we suggest hunting down lime or grapefruit Topo online. We'll note that it's pretty easy to add those citrus flavors on your own, too.
9. Topo Chico mineral water makes your favorite cocktail even better.
The fancy flavors of the fizzy water make bright mixers for alcoholic beverages, too. Bartenders love Topo Chico's huge bubbles and subtle flavors. An essential ingredient for Texas bartenders, Topo Chico mineral water is the perfect, carbonation substitute for club soda or seltzer.
Blend it with tequila, whiskey, vodka, brandy, or gin--pretty much anything really, the result is always delicious. What's more, it has digestive qualities that make it an ideal choice for an after-dinner cocktail or straight up.
10. Topo Chico can help you outsmart a hangover.
Topo Chico aficionados swear by its anti-hangover powers, but Topo Chico mineral water can also help you ward off a hangover before it hits. Plus you can make a pretty great mocktail with Topo so that you don't feel left out of the adult beverage fun.
Try alternating Topo Chico with alcoholic drinks the next time you go out on the town. You'll save some loot, skip a few calories and reduce your alcohol consumption.
BONUS: Topo Chico just may be the best mineral water in the world.
Okay, okay, this one may not technically count as an official "fact." But Topo Chico mineral water consistently earns top marks in taste tests, leading some to dub it "the world's best mineral water." Move over, La Croix.
This article was originally published on October 23, 2018.