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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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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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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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£5 Cocktail: The Toreador!

Before the Margarita became the tequila-sipper’s drink of choice, another boozy tipple was making a name for itself among agave aficionados. This, friends, was THE TOREADOR!

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First mentioned way back in 1937 in the ‘Cafe Royal Cocktail Book’, this delicious concoction of Reposado Tequila, Apricot Brandy and freshly squeezed lime juice predates the margarita’s first appearance in the history books by sixteen years.

Our new head barman Will Hawes is bringing this awesome cocktail back as the first of our £5 monthly specials. He follows Simon Difford’s classic recipe:

2 shots of Reposado Tequila (100% agave!)
1 shot of Apricot Brandy
1 shot of freshly squeezed lime juice

 

Enjoy now at El Camion for just five round shiny ones!

 

Forget Chocolate Easter Eggs – it’s all about Cascarón!

Happy Easter everyone! We’re feeling full of the joys of spring (counteracted by the lingering hangover from a Bank Holiday Weekend), but while for many of you Easter Sunday involves scoffing as much chocolate as you possibly can, we have another option for you.

Have you ever heard of Cascaróns? No? Well that’s a shame, because they’re beautiful. Take a look:

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In Spanish, cáscara means shell and cascarón means eggshell. Cascaróns are mostly used in Mexico during Carnival, but this craft is also a popular Easter tradition.

Here’s some more details from Hispanic Culture Online:

“According to historians, this Mexican craft actually originated in China. In the Far East, the colored eggs were filled with scented powders and frequently given as gifts, that is how they became part of Hispanic culture.

After Marco Polo visited China in the 13th century, the eggs became all the rage in the royal courts of Europe, especially in Italy and Spain. They finally arrived in Mexico in the mid-1800s, courtesy of the Emperor Maximilian’s wife Carlotta.

In Mexico, the cascarones tradition began to evolve. Instead of scented powder, Mexicans put confetti into the eggs. They then developed the tradition of cracking the egg over a friend’s head to release the confetti, which inspired the name cascarones or “shell hits.”

Many people believe that breaking cascarones over your friends’ heads brings a shower of good luck and good fortune along with the spill of confetti. Sometimes we also say you should make a wish before attempting to gently bump the egg on your friend’s head. If the egg breaks, your wish will be granted.”

So there you go – Easter eggs don’t have to be all about chocolate… get decorating, break some eggs with friends, and start making your wishes for spring!

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Fancy a Quickie? El Camion can help with that…

Introducing the El Camion Quickie – a perfect opportunity to fuel up with a traditional Mexican snack, quench your thirst with a Sol, and add a spring in your step courtesy of Altos Tequila.

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Available weekdays from between 3 and 6pm, this deal is perfect for those industry bods that find themselves about to start work and, although they don’t want a full meal, would’t mind something speedy and satisfying. Or maybe you’ve just finished a shift and want to pop by to your favourite Baja Californian Cantina. For only that crumpled fiver in your pocket – or five shiny coins that you picked up as a tip – you can enjoy a freshly cooked Empanada, a chilled bottle of Sol, and a revitalising shot of Altos.

A truly fulfilling quickie for a fiver in Soho? Now that’s value!

Celebrating Octavio Paz

Today we’re celebrating the life and works of Mexican poet Octavio Paz – thought to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century, one of the greatest Hispanic poets of all time, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1990.

Octavio Paz was born on March 31, 1914, in Mexico City. He was surrounded by literature and creative/political thinkers from a young age, and in 1933, he published his first collection of poems, Luna silvestre. Several years later, he helped found and edit a literary magazine called Taller. Over his lifetime, he produced more than 30 books and poetry collections, and often switched between prose and poetry. He died on April 19, 1998, in Mexico City, Mexico.

“listen to me as one listens to the rain,
the years go by, the moments return,
do you hear the footsteps in the next room?
not here, not there: you hear them
in another time that is now,
listen to the footsteps of time,
inventor of places with no weight, nowhere,
listen to the rain running over the terrace,
the night is now more night in the grove,
lightning has nestled among the leaves,
a restless garden adrift-go in,
your shadow covers this page.”
― Octavio Paz

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