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)

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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 In Mexico, sotol may be produced only in specific ways and regions of Mexico. David Hammond,, "Sotol, spirit of the North American desert," 28 Feb. 2018 Don’t miss sotol, made from the dasylirion plant; bacanora, Sonora’s agave distillate; or the raicilla from Jalisco. David Hammond,, "Find 700 kinds of tequila — and other intriguing Mexican spirits — at pioneering Moreno's Liquors," 11 June 2018 The Pastry War Named for a three-month skirmish in 1838 between Mexico and France, this downtown bar specializes in mezcal, tequila and sotol. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Cocktail and wine bars aplenty in the Houston area," 10 May 2018 No one in other parts of Mexico is allowed to make sotol. David Hammond,, "Sotol, spirit of the North American desert," 28 Feb. 2018 The margarita goes uptown with its blend of sotol, grapefruit, lime, tarragon, vanilla and an egg white froth. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Night Heron in Montrose," 13 Feb. 2018 Mezcal and sotol have similarly found popularity, primarily in the U.S. because of our proximity to the Mexican border. Arianna Auber, ajc, "Goodbye, margaritas? The world is headed toward a tequila shortage," 8 Feb. 2018 This distillery's blends are now one of the few sotols available internationally, sold under the name Fabriquero. Nathaniel Janowitz, Esquire, "Get to Know Sotol, the Dangerously Delicious Cousin of Tequila and Mezcal," 1 Nov. 2017

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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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