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Come raise a toast to saints galore with us this week!

CELEBRATING THURSDAYS WITH SANTOS DEL JUEVES!

 

 We all know that the real start of the weekend is Thursday – and to add to the celebrations, El Camion is beginning a new series of events called Santos Del Jueves – which means Saints of Thursday for you non-Spanish speakers!

We’ll be regularly partnering with different spirits brands to bring attention to some of our favourite Mexican saints. For the first Santos del Jueves, we’ll be recognising Jesus Malverde. Known as the ‘angel of the poor’ and the ‘generous bandit’, Malverde was a Robin Hood figure, taking from the rich to give back to those who needed it most.

 

 Following his public execution in 1909 he was canonised as a saint and prayed to by the sick, poor and desperate in Mexico. He is also recognised as the patron saint of drug traffickers, who admire his outlaw spirit, and he even made an appearance on Breaking Bad!

Whether he is the Narco-saint, or the angel of the poor and sick, we’ll help you raise a glass to him with our special cocktail, ‘Mescaline’ made with Calle 23 tequila, Del Maguey Vida mezcal, ginger, agave syrup and lemon, served at a price not even Malverde himself could complain about!

RAISING A GLASS (OR THREE!) TO ST PATRICK THIS SATURDAY!
Join us from 6pm this Saturday in The Pink Chihuahua for a continuation of our Saintly celebrations, this time honouring the one and only patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick! We will have shots of Jamesons and bottles of Guinness (what else!) available, or for those with a palate for Mexican alternatives, shots of Altos Reposado tequila and bottles of Loba (Mexican porter) – all at the saintly price of £4! Also grab a boilermaker of Irish or Mexican descent for just £7 all night!
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Exclusive Tasting Event with Yaguara Cachaça!

TOMORROW – join us for our fab tasting event with Yaguara Cachaça and Umbrella Brewing ginger beer in the Pink Chihuahua. There’s going to be a tasting at 7pm which is open to all, as well as a specials menu of cocktails for £5 each available all night.

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‘Yaguara Cachaça is a very stylish Brazilian spirit that has been created under the watchful eye of master blender Erwin Weimann. It’s made using a blend of Cachaça, a portion of which has been aged in oak casks, as well as Cachaça that has been rested in stainless steel tanks. After blending, it’s then triple-filtered to remove the colour, meaning Yaguara is rich and flavoursome, but can still be used in cocktails without affecting the hue of the drink – rather handy for mixologists.’ (From Master of Malt)

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Umbrella Brewing Company are an independent brewing company in North London, with a mission to create the best alcoholic ginger beer on the market. Their fiery alcoholic ginger beer has flavours of rich molasses supported by the perfect balance of sharp citrus and a subtle hint of malt. Gently carbonated and very refreshing.

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See you there!

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International Margarita Day at El Camion with support from Tequila Calle 23 and Mezcal Del Maguey

 

In celebration of International Margarita Day, a whole day dedicated to honour the classic Margarita cocktail, we have decided to make our own rendition with a slight twist… why mess with a classic! Our version is called the Smoky Margarita and you can get it for £5 ALL DAY on Thursday 22nd February. It’s made using Tequila Calle 23 Blanco, triple sec, freshly squeezed lime juice, with just a hint of Del Maguey Mezcal Vida.

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The main ingredient in Margaritas is tequila, a Mexican spirit made from the agave plant. If you’re not familiar, agave plants are a type of succulent that can only be used when it nears the end of its life, which is usually 5 to 10 years after being planted. To be legally called a tequila it must be made in Mexico; after harvesting, the agave plants have to be cooked, then crushed to extract the sugar rich juices, the juices are then fermented and it must be double distilled. Tequila comes in blanco (unaged), reposado (rested), añejo (aged) and extra añejo (you get the drift)…

Tequila Calle 23 is the brainchild of French born Sophie Decobecq; all her tequilas are 100% agave, which means all the sugars used in the production of the tequila comes from the agave plants. Out of the Calle 23 range we have chosen the blanco as it makes a great Margarita, with a spicy, citrusy, fresh agave flavour. This highland tequila is made in the town of San Pancho, using blue agaves grown in the region. At 40% abv, it’s a Margaritas best friend.

Mezcal Del Maguey Vida, is a rediscovery treasure, that Taos based artist Ron Cooper stumbled over nearly 27 years ago. It’s made in the small village of San Luis Del Rio by Paciano Cruz Nolasco and his son Marcos. Del Maguey Vida is made from Espadín agaves, the most common agave used in Oaxaca, using traditional practices: the agave is earth roasted, crushed by molinas and fermented naturally with airborne yeast before it is distilled in small copper stills. The flavour is much more complex, which a slight earthiness to it: it packs a mighty 42% abv, so we just use a little to give the Margarita that hint of smoke.

SO, JOIN US THIS THURSDAY FOR £5 SMOKY MARGARITAS TO CELEBRATE THE COCKTAIL THAT HAS BROUGHT SO MUCH HAPPINESS TO US ALL. 

Spooktacular Casamigos Cocktails!

And so Halloween has arrived once more, complete with adults dressing up in varying degrees of appropriate costumes, hyperactive sugar-buzzed kids and pumpkins grinning out of every shop front. Plus of course there’s the chance for a themed cocktail or two – because who doesn’t love a themed cocktail?

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And we’re not just tossing Halloween, but also Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday celebrated in Mexico which begins on the 31st October and ends on November 2nd. In honour, our bar genius Dave has created three special limited edition cocktails available for the three days only, all in collaboration with Casamigos Tequila and priced at £8.50. Plus, they’re themed around classic horror films.

Why not sip on the “From dusk till dawn” (above) -a twist on a tequila sunrise using
Casamigos reposado, guanabana juice, lime and beetroot grenadine.

Or try “Rosemary’s baby” – a twist on a Bramble, created from Casamigos blanco, rosemary, apple, lime, egg white and creme de mure.

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And finally there’s “The Amityville horror” – A twist on an Old Pal, created from Casamigos anejo, Campari, tio Pepe and chartreuse.

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So head on down to El Camion and The Pink Chihuahua over the next few days to try our terrifying new tipples… if you dare!

 

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Resident DJ: Son of Kong

It’s 11pm, you’re wandering around Soho wondering where to get another drink (wondering if you should get another drink… tip: you always should.) You see people queuing outside a brightly lit cantina, Baja-Californian tables inside still serving delicious tacos and quesadillas, while the hub of the activity seems to be happening in a basement bar where the DJ is spinning some very cool tunes…

Yep, The Pink Chihuahua has not only become legendary for its late-night tequila shenanigans, but also the DJs that play regularly. And one of these is Son of Kong.

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Son Of Kong cause a scene, break dance, slap bongos, dance-off, sing,
rap, blow saxophones and love to get a crowd involved in their
shenanigans. This bunch of cheeky East London musicians will always
have a room spinning in fun, sing-a-longs and dance routines. Which is exactly why we love them!

Take a listen here and catch them next time in the Pink Chihuahua!

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Resident DJ: Bamboo

Along with the cocktails, the bar team and the general legendary-ness of our basement bar, it’s the music that makes The Pink Chihuahua so goddamn awesome. Our resident DJs play a huge hand in creating the atmosphere and, because of their unearthly, near-psychic skills, they always know exactly what we’re going to want to hear on any night of the week.

 

For those who regularly come down to see us on a Friday night, you’ll be familiar with our long-time Friday resident, Bamboo.

 

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Flying the banner for the best in disco, funk, hip hop and house classics, she’ll often take you on a bit of a time travel in the time it takes you to drink your Tommy’s Margarita. From 60s ska to 90s R&B – and everything in between – you’ll get old school house and garage weaved between new age psychedelic dance. When there’s a contagious groove pulsing through the Pink Chihuahua, you’ll know that its Bamboo at the helm.

 

Check out her Soundcloud here – and we’ll see you on Friday!

 

 

 

The soundtrack to The Pink Chihuahua!

What more to get you in the mood for sunshine, margaritas and dancing late into the night than a soundtrack of latin beats?

 

Our DJ, Alex, has put put together a mix that represents the vibe of the Pink Chihuahua bar. We don’t know what it says to you, but it says to us… ‘CRACK OPEN THE TEQUILA!’

 

Enjoy!

 

https://www.mixcloud.com/MuiscaSound/latin-summer/

 

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Inside our new cocktail menu…

If you’re yet to try out our new cocktail menu in the Pink Chihuahua, then you’re in for a treat! Love tequila? Love classic cocktails? Love wanky bartender drinks? This is so your bag…

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The new menu is based on the Dick and Jane books, the old children’s series, and pays homage, in a small way, to  our dear friend, Dick Bradsell.

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If you love tequila, we’ve got a wonderful selection of our favourite tequila cocktails…

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Then, of course, there are the drinks that we love making and drinking – even though they might be a bit… wanky.

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Finally, if you’re here for the tequila, we’ve got a couple of pages dedicated to the ones we like best. We’ve also got a page of different mezcals if you’re feeling smoky and mysterious.

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This is just a small peek into what we’ve got going on, so come and discover the rest for yourselves. So far, the Mezcal Sazerac has got the cocktail aficionados a little excited – why not start there if you’re looking for an exciting jumping off point?

We’ve got the Rio fever – come order a Batida!

If you’re anything like us, you’re thoroughly enjoying the sporting enthusiasm which has come with the Olympic Games. Whether gymnastics, athletics or the more unusual sports (Race walking? Trampolining? They’re legit olympic sports!), it’s hard not to swept up in Rio 2016 fever. And the best way to immerse yourself in the games culture? With a Brazilian cocktail!

If you’ve never experienced a Batida, then what are you waiting for?? Naturally it contains the Brazilian national drink cachaça, which is then blended into a boozy delight with condensed milk (oh yes) and cane sugar. If this doesn’t sound luscious enough, you can then add your choice of flavours – ours are strawberry, passionfruit, pineapple and coconut.

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Little fun fact for you – In Portuguese batida means shaken or milkshake, and the word also means a crash, usually used when referring to a car crash. This refers to the blended nature of the drink.

They’re fruity, they’re icy-cold, they’ve got a delicious sweetness to them – and they’re the perfect accompaniment for all this Rio excitement. Just come ask us to whizz you up a batida today.

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The Fancy Boiler Maker: An introduction

First off, what the H is a Boilermaker?

If you’ve ever been to the States, you might be familiar with the old shot and a chaser – typically a whisky and a beer. Well, that, friends, is actually called a Boilermaker.

Our one, however, is Fancy. That’s because it’s a gorgeous shot of Olmeca Altos Blanco Tequila served with a Michelada (more info on one of those here) made with the famous Mexican beer, Pacifico.

Down the shot, chase it with the Michelada for a punchy kickstart to the eve, or sip on both alternately for the perfect summer refresher.

You’ll find the Fancy Boiler Maker in the Wanky Bartender Drinks section of our new menu and it’s just £5 throughout July.

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