Desert Spirits: A Natural History of Mezcal Program Details

Agaves have been used by the peoples of the Americas for centuries. In southern Mexico they call it “El Árbol de las Maravillas,” the Tree of Wonders. In this class we will cover the basics of agave uses, from food, fiber, and fermented drinks, to fashion and fabulous spirits! Mezcal, Tequila, Raicilla, Bacanora, Sotol? Which is which?

Starting with a personal perspective, Jesús García will explore the history and importance of agaves in Sonora and Arizona. How does the Sonoran Desert measure up with Jalisco and Oaxaca, the major producers of Mezcal in Mexico? Have some Mezcal in your cupboard? We’ll add an optional virtual guided tasting!

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