so·​tol | \ ˈsō-ˌtōl How to pronounce sotol (audio) \

Definition of sotol

1 : any of several plants (genus Dasylirion) of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico that are related to the agave and are often grown for ornament or to produce an alcoholic beverage
2 : an alcoholic beverage especially of northern Mexico that is made from the distilled fermented sap of a sotol (such as Dasylirion wheeleri)

Examples of sotol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the couple’s shopping cart were two different yuccas, a sotol and some lantana. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio nurseries likely to have tight inventory in wake of freeze, advise gardeners to buy it if you like it," 2 Mar. 2021 Learn about Desert Door sotol on Dec. 2, Patrón tequila on Dec. 4 and Maker’s Mark bourbon on Dec. 5. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 26 Nov. 2020 The founders of Desert Door sotol distillery in Texas have turned to producing hand sanitizer that is being donated to first responders, retirement centers and health care workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Fox News, "Veteran-owned distillery making hand sanitizer during coronavirus pandemic: 'We view this as our civic duty'," 24 Mar. 2020 The cocktail list includes an uptown Pisco Sour and clever drinks such as a Paloma made with sotol; a pisco swizzle flavored with elderflower liqueur and mint; and a pisco and dry sake martini. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Alma: South American ‘soul’ food in Highland Village," 24 Feb. 2020 Other cocktail standouts include: Revenge of the Nerd Lucks: vodka, sotol, crème de violette, grape soda and lemon topped with Nerds candy. azcentral, "Obon Sushi opens new Scottsdale location with all-day happy hour in July," 27 June 2019 While tequila and mezcal may have the name recognition in the US, sotol is also gaining ground. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "12 Things Every Tequila Aficionado Needs to Know," 7 June 2019 The restaurant even carries agave subsets such as raicillas — which Ehlenz describes as the dirty cousin of mezcals — as well as sotols, etc. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Lolito brings unique Latin American flavors to Stillwater," 19 June 2019 The focus is on mezcal, but there are other agave distillates like bacanora and sotol from various states in Mexico. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sotol

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sotol

American Spanish, from Nahuatl zōtōlin palm tree

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13 Mar 2021

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“Sotol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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