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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 27 June 2019 While tequila and mezcal may have the name recognition in the US, sotol is also gaining ground. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 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, 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, 27 Feb. 2018 See More

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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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“Sotol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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