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Sotol and Ginger

                              It was a cold night last night across central Illinois. The Champaign Urbana winds were blowing and we were inside cozily watching Shark Tank and sipping a new drink we invented. This cocktail recipe is so simple…just a bit of […]

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Ocho Cientos Sotol

Tonight I poured a little glass of this fine Sotol and took a walk. It was one of those March evenings in Illinois when you feel like it is Spring. Yet it is chilly and humid and cold and discouraging. But I was smiling inside, so a walk was in order at cloudy dusk. No […]

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A Copper Canyon Trip Diary

Copper Canyon Trip Last month we took a group of writers, bloggers and tour professionals on a journey through Chihuahua and Copper Canyon and several great articles have been published as a result. One of the best has come out and can be read in full on LASplash.com .  Sophie Brabanec is the author and […]

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Only the beginning…

Back from Copper Canyon Just back from another safe and fascinating trip to Copper Canyon, I was sitting this morning in the cafe of an El Paso hotel gobbling down some breakfast. From the muzak-like  speakers over head came the strains of that old CTA song, “Only the Beginning” and it took me back to […]

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What makes Sotol vary

Sotol is THE drink of Chihuahua, sometimes called “Chihuahua in a bottle“. It is somewhat like tequila, but really many of the fine varieties have more of the character of excellent single malt scotches. There are other spirits in the Chihuahua region. One of my favorites to get locally is lechuguilla. But lechuguilla is one […]

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The Sotol Circle in Copper Canyon

New Copper Canyon Trip For quite some time I have had an interest in the tequila type spirits of Chihuahua. Many of our guests have enjoyed the sotol we have experienced there – usually purchased at a roadside liquor store. Often we are able to buy Hacienda brand (also widely available in the USA) or […]

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Chihuahua in a Bottle- Don Cuco Sotol!

Award winning Don Cuco Sotol The Sotol- the drink of Chihuahua- from Don Cuco Sotol in Janos, Mexico is beginning to take the tequila sipping market by surprise. This fine spirit has won two major recent competitions. Don Cuco Reposada won grand champion honors this last year in San Diego and Albuquerque. What is sotol? […]

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Real music is out there…

“Real music is out there and real people are makin’ it” Webb Wilder Core truth. And the reality with cultural travel is that true experiences are out there. It is what we deliver at Authentic Copper Canyon. Real Guides I tell my experts in Mexico to have fun, experience the trip each time freshly, get […]

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Two New Sotol Drinks

Sotol was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition this week and now there is some buzz about this delicious spirit. The cocktails that I have seen for sotol are fairly basic. But last night Seven Saints famed mixologist Andy Borberly (in our home town of Champaign, Illinois)  created two new ones that are absolutely keepers. The […]

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Don Cuco Sotol on NPR

Sotol makes the headlines: This morning on Morning Edition on NPR, our friends from Janos north of Copper Canyon were featured.  The Jaquez family were interviewed and the spot gave great background and promo for sotol and Don Cuco Sotol in particular. What is sotol? This distilled spirit is THE drink of Chihuahua. It is […]

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