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MEET POX: Whiskey, Rum and Mezcal’s Mind-Altering Love Child

Siglo Cero or "zero century" is a per-hispanic beverage ancient Mayans drank and the reference to the Year Zero establishing the Mayan calendar. The spirit itself is a blended distillate of corn (maize), sugar cane, and wheat. Made in rural communities hidden up in the mountains, Pox may seem like moonshine upon first glance. But look again: It’s also made from sugar cane, and denotes flavors like coconut and cocoa. Sounds a lot like rum, right? Look one more time: It’s a Mexican spirit sipped straight between bites of orange—so, it’s like mezcal? Pox isn’t any of the above—it’s all of them rolled into one. And it’s awesome.