Pox Cocktails

Making Pox Cocktails - What You Need To Know

By Timo Torner / Last updated on October 1, 2022 

First published on July 30, 2021 

Pox is a traditional Mayan spirit made from corn, wheat, and sugarcane. It is slowly starting to gain traction internationally. So, it's time to give it a try and mix some beautiful Pox cocktails.

Pox is still relatively unknown. But that should not stop you from trying it neat or mixed into delicious Pox cocktails.

If you've never heard of Pox or have heard of it but don't know what it is, you can read more in this article about the Mayan spirit from Mexico. 

Creating Pox cocktails is pretty easy because it really works well in all kinds of combinations. Nevertheless, at this point, there is only a small number of original Pox cocktails.

But with a taste resembling a mix of Whiskey and Rum, Pox works nicely as a substitute in existing 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, traditional Pox has some smoky notes and a sweet corn flavor. Usually, it's served neat with a side of orange slices lightly dusted with coffee grounds plus some cacao bits. 

It really is a unique liquor. And until recently, Pox was exclusively available in the Chiapas region. 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. 

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 cocktail recipes based on Pox.

Pox Cocktail recipes

Here's a list of tried and tested cocktails with Pox. Let me know in the comments how you like them.

Pox Negroni

That is a beautiful twist on a classic Negroni. Usually, I stick to using equal measures for all Negroni ingredients, but for this recipe, it is different. To properly showcase the Pox, I use a 3:2:2 ratio. For me, this works best.

Pox Negroni

Ingredients

1.5 oz Siglo Cero Pox
1 oz Campari
1 oz Carpano Antica Formula

Preparation

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.

Chiapas Mai Tai

Ingredients

1.5 oz Pox
0.75 oz Orange Curacao
0.75 oz Lime juice
0.5 oz Orgeat
0.5 oz Dark aged Rum

Preparation

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.

Pox Sour

The Pox Sour is a fantastic Pox cocktail. The corn syrup in the recipe picks up the slightly sweet corn taste of the Pox. Yet, if you don't have corn syrup, you can always use regular simple syrup instead.

Pox Sour Cocktail

Ingredients

1.5 oz Pox
0.75 oz Fresh lemon juice
0.75 oz corn syrup
one egg white

Preparation

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

Pox Summer

An original recipe from Siglo Cero Pox. I found it on their Instagram account, tried it, loved it, and had to put it on this list.

Pox Summer Cocktail

Ingredients

0.75oz Siglo Cero Pox
0.66oz Coconut Pulp
1oz Banana smoothie
Fresh Pineapple Juice

Preparation

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.

Mateo

Another recipe from Siglo Cero. An intriguing mix of Pox, Whiskey, and Mexican herbs.

Mateo Pox Cocktail

Ingredients.

2 oz Siglo Cero Pox
0.5oz Whiskey
2 tbsp Hierba yerba mate
1oz simple syrup

Preparation

1 Add all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
2 Stir well until the drink is chilled.
3 Strain and serve in a Martini glass.

Hala Ken

Also, I would have loved to include the famous "Hala Ken" Cocktail from Fifty Mils Bar in Mexico City, but I still need to figure out the exact measurements.

If you're up to some experimenting, it's made with 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.

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