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Crafting mezcal is what Romulo "Modesto" Cruz lives for, and it's been his life for 53 years. The 67-year-old man of Santa Ana de Miahuatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, makes one of the most popular mixes of mezcal in his small town, selling hundreds of liters of the drink in any given week. "We all have professions, but I live from this," Cruz said. "I was working a lot, suffering a lot, so I started working with maguey to rise from it."

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Crafting mezcal is what Romulo "Modesto" Cruz lives for, and it's been his life for 53 years. The 67-year-old man of Santa Ana de Miahuatlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, makes one of the most popular mixes of mezcal in his small town, selling hundreds of liters of the drink in any given week. "We all have professions, but I live from this," Cruz said. "I was working a lot, suffering a lot, so I started working with maguey to rise from it."