Uncovering the Hidden Gems of Chiapas: A Journey Through Mayan Archaeological Sites, Spanish Colonial Towns, and the Pox Spirit
Chiapas, a southern Mexican state, is a hidden gem in the country, brimming with rich culture and history. The state is home to a variety of Mayan archaeological sites, Spanish colonial towns, and one of the largest indigenous populations in Mexico. Among the many treasures of Chiapas is a spirit known as "pox," traditionally distilled by the Tzotzil Mayans and consumed during religious ceremonies. Today, pox is gaining popularity, but remains unrecognized by the Mexican government.
Sourced from the highlands of Chiapas and the municipality of San Juan Chamula, pox is crafted using a blend of corn, wheat, and sugar cane. Each producer follows their own unique recipe, infusing the spirit with notes of ancho and guajillo chiles, esquites, dried coconut, and baked corn husk. The process of making pox is a time-honored tradition passed down through generations.
The process begins with crushing and boiling sugar cane to create piloncillo. Heritage varieties of corn are dried, husked, and ground. Wheat bran is then added to a wooden fermenter, mixed with local spring water, and allowed to ferment naturally. The final product is a savory, 46% spirit with a distinct aroma and flavor.
Indulge in a sip of the ancient tradition of Chiapas with a glass of pox. The spirit is a perfect way to experience the rich culture and history of the region. So next time you're in Chiapas, make sure to try a glass of pox, you won't regret it.
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