Copitas de Sol is back this year as a virtual event benefiting the National Museum of Mexican Art thanks to lead sponsor ABC 7 Chicago and the Museum’s Auxiliary Board! Join us from the comfort of your own home as we enjoy some mezcal, play a few rounds of Lotería, dance to live DJ sets and more. This year we’re thrilled to welcome Lou Bank, mezcal connoisseur and founder of SACRED, a not-for-profit that uses heritage agave spirits from rural Mexico to help improve the quality of life in the communities where those spirits are made. Lou along with his podcast co host, Salvador “Chava” Peribán will teach attendees about mezcal, leading us in a tasting experience that will educate and entertain. Plus, Plus, founder of Vida_Mia_Cocktails Argelia Martinez, will join in the fun to teach us how to make aguas frescas (fresh fruit drinks) that pair perfectly with mezcal.
Last but not least, our guests will have the chance to participate in an exciting raffle to win the ultimate mezcal package for at-home bars:
Instant Mezcal Collection
One lucky raffle winner will take home an ultimate mezcal package containing five bottles of mezcal, a beautiful handmade pitcher and cups from Mexico, perfect for mezcal cocktails, and a serving tray.
Raffle tickets cost $20 for one and $100 for 6 tickets.
Everyone (21+) is invited to this party! We have three ticket levels. Join in for free or get the full experience:
Agave Ticket ($5)
Ticket holders will receive login information for the event.
Espadín Ticket ($30)
Ticket holders will receive login information for the event. The week before the event ticket holders will pick up a party kit containing:
-A pair of fluted glass mezcal veladora glasses
-A pair of Lotería cards
-A list of recommended mezcals
-A 10% discount coupon for Moreno’s Liquors
Tobalá Ticket ($50)
Ticket holders will receive login information for the event. The week before the event, Tobalá ticket holders will pick up a party kit containing:
-A pair of beautiful handmade ceramic mezcal copitas stamped with the National Museum of Mexican Art’s logo
-A sample of La Luna Mezcal de Michoacán
Some Topo Chico for cocktailing
-A pair of Lotería cards
-A list of recommended mezcals in advance of the event
-A 15% discount coupon for Moreno’s Liquors
Please note that out of town guests will receive kits in the mail. We are unable to ship alcohol.
All event proceeds will support the National Museum of Mexican Art. Our doors may be closed temporarily, but we need your support now, more than ever.
About Our Guests
Lou Bank is the founder of SACRED, a USA-based, 501c3 not-for-profit that uses heritage agave spirits from rural Mexico to help improve the quality of life in the communities where those spirits are made. The organization has funded the building of libraries, the replanting of agave, and earthquake relief, among other projects. Lou is also the co-host of Agave Road Trip, a podcast that helps gringo bartenders better understand agave, agave spirits, and rural Mexico. Lou was honored with the Golden Spirit Award by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation for his 2018 seminar, “So You Think You Know Mezcal…”
Salvador “Chava” Peribán develops strategies and processes to achieve sustainable, fair, and beautiful products, including agave spirits, tumblers, and adobe bricks. He has worked as director of R&D at Xaquixe, a Oaxaca-based glass-blowing studio, and as head distiller at Sombra, where he also helped reduce the distillery’s ecological footprint. He’s currently immersed in a yet-to-be-revealed agave project in Mexico City, and he serves as co-host of Agave Road Trip, a podcast that helps gringo bartenders better understand agave, agave spirits, and rural Mexico.
Born and raised in Chicago, Argelia Martinez is dedicated to championing inclusive marketing projects and creating positive spaces for Latinx culture to thrive. By day, she is Managing Director at Hauswirth/Co, a strategic-marketing firm. By night, she is the Frida Kahlo of mixology — Argelia began Vida Mia Cocktails in February 2018 to celebrate the diverse culinary traditions of Mexico through food-and-beverage pairings. She is also the co-host of Cocktails con Comadres, a podcast featuring three badass Chicago ladies. “When life doesn’t get in the way, we get together to drink, gossip, elevate women’s voices, share honest stories, and be unapologetically ourselves.”
About the National Museum of Mexican Art
The National Museum of Mexican Art opened its doors to the public in 1987 in a boathouse in a park with less than 100 art objects and a budget of $900. Today, the Museum is one of the most prominent Latino organizations in the country with 130,000 annual visitors, a 10,000- piece Permanent Collection and educational programs that have been recognized by the White House.
The National Museum of Mexican Art is known for its outstanding work in the visual and performing arts and in arts education. In fact, the Museum has exhibited more than 150 shows, including 20 traveling exhibitions. It was the first Latino arts organization in the United States to obtain accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and remains the only accredited museum dedicated to Mexican art and culture.
Soon to be celebrating our 30th anniversary, The National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) stands out as one of the most prominent first-voice institutions for Mexican art and culture in the United States. Our founding mission is to showcase the beauty and richness of Mexican culture by sponsoring events and presenting exhibitions that exemplify the majestic variety of visual and performing arts in the Mexican culture; to develop, conserve and preserve a significant permanent collection of Mexican art; to encourage the professional development of Mexican artists; and, to offer arts-education programs.