If you've never heard of Pox, you can read more in this article about the Mayan spirit from Mexico. It's a relatively unknown spirit, and while you can find sufficient information about it online, it's hard to find cocktail recipes using Pox. Even though actually, making Pox cocktails is pretty easy because it really works well in all kinds of combinations.
With its taste resembling a mix of Whiskey and Rum, Pox can be used in many cocktail recipes: Sour cocktails, Tiki cocktails, or a Pox Negroni, for instance. There are plenty of ways to integrate this liquid based on corn and sugarcane and create some exceptional drinks.
Ingredients to use for Pox Cocktails
A good, classical Pox has smoky notes and a sweet corn flavor. Traditionally it's served neat with a side of orange slices lightly dusted with coffee grounds plus some cacao bits. But you can also mix it in a cocktail.
Pox is a really unique liquor and was exclusively available in the Chiapas region for a very, very long time. So the people from Chiapas have by far the best knowledge about ingredients that work well with Pox.
The most popular ingredients to use with Pox among the Chiapas are citrus fruits, pineapple (grilled), and tamarind - of which, I think, the first two are logical, and the latter is rather intriguing. Pineapple works perfectly with Rum, and citrus is a classic ingredient for many Whiskey cocktails. Tamarind, in contrast, is rarely used in cocktails. So let's take a closer look at cocktails recipes based on Pox.
Pox Cocktail recipes
Finally, we're getting to those cocktails. I prepared a list of selected cocktails that work very well with Pox. -I would have loved to include the famous "Hala Ken" Cocktail from Fifty Mils Bar in Mexico City. But they only let me know the ingredients and not the exact measurements of the drink. But if you're up to some experimenting, it's made of Ancho Reyes liqueur, grapefruit, avocado leaves, fresh lime juice, and hoja santa bitters. Hoja santa is a Mexican herb that translates to "sacred leaf" and is a common ingredient in Mexican cuisine.
So now, here's my hand-picked list of Pox cocktails with measurements. Let me know in the comments if you tried to make one of them and how you liked it.
That is a beautiful twist on a classic Negroni. Usually, I lean towards using equal measures for all Negroni ingredients, but for this recipe, it is different. I want to showcase the Pox and use a 3:2:2 ratio. To me, this works well.
1.5 oz Siglo Cero Pox
1 oz Campari
1 oz Carpano Antica Formula
1 Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with plenty of ice.
2 Stir well until the drink is chilled.
3 Strain into a glass and garnish with an orange peel.
Mai-Tai Chiapas style
This little twist on a classic Mai-Tai is an excellent example of how Pox can work in Tiki cocktails. It replaces the white Rum in the original recipe.
1.5 oz Pox
0.75 oz Orange Curacao
0.75 oz Lime juice
0.5 oz Orgeat
0.5 oz Dark aged Rum
1 Put all ingredients except the aged Rum into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.
2 Shake it gently for 2-5 seconds.
3 Pour it into a double old fashioned glass.
4 Add your garnish, and your Mai Tai is ready to be served.
The Pox Sour is a truly great Pox cocktail. There is also corn syrup in the recipe to pick up the slightly sweet corn taste of the Pox. If you don't have corn syrup, you can use regular simple syrup instead.
1.5 oz Pox
0.75 oz Fresh lemon juice
0.75 oz corn syrup
one egg white
1 Add Pox, lemon juice, egg white, and syrup to your cocktail shaker. Dry shake for 15 seconds.
2 Add ice to the shaker and shake again for another 10 - 15 seconds.
3 Strain over ice into a chilled sour glass.
4 Optional: Add three drops of Angostura bitters to the eggwhite foam
An original recipe from Siglo Cero Pox. Found it on their Instagram account and simply had to add it to the list.
0.75oz Siglo Cero Pox
0.66oz Coconut Pulp
1oz Banana smoothie
Fresh Pineapple Juice
1 Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
2 Strain the mix into a chilled Margarita glass and fill it up with pineapple juice.
Another recipe from Siglo Cero. An interesting mix of Pox, Whiskey, and Mexican herbs.