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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!

 

Get the festive feeling with this Christmas Punch!

There’s nothing better than indulging in some great hot Christmas cocktails during December – after all, it’s the time of year when it’s acceptable to be tipsy for most of the day. And in Mexico, one must-drink tipple is Ponche Navideño Mexicano – also known as Mexican Christmas Punch. We’ve sought the expertise of Mely Martinez from Mexico In my Kitchen to get a recipe that is sure to get you into the festive spirit.


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“Christmas time in Mexico is a time to prepare the traditional Ponche Navideño/Christmas Punch. At family gatherings some will have a large pot simmering on top of the stove with the sweet liquid full of fruits, while the cinnamon and citric fruit aromas float in the air. The Ponche Navideño is another essential part of Christmas in Mexico. The recipe calls for some traditional ingredients like cinnamon,  tejocotes (a small yellow fruit that resembles crabapples), piloncillo (raw sugar cane), sugar cane sticks, seasonal fruits include guavas, apples, pears, oranges and dry fruits, too. The punch can be found with different added fruits depending of the region in Mexico. You can find punch with acid fruits like oranges, Mexican sweet lime or pineapple. And as far as spices go, besides cinnamon, some cooks will also add anise star and chamomile. This is the good part about this drink, that you can add the fruits you have available and it will still come out fine.”

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I hope you try this recipe, and your whole house will be filled with the Christmas flavors.

12 servings
INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 quarts of water (1 gallon)
  • 1 large piloncillo cone (12 oz) or brown sugar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 lb Tejocotes*
  • 1 1/2 Lb. guavas (about 12 guavas)
  • 1 1/2 cup apples, chopped
  • 1 cup pear, chopped
  • 3/4 cup prunes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 sugar cane sticks about 5 inch long, cut into four pieces each.
  • 1 cup of Tamarind pods, peeled (or 1 cup of Hibiscus Flowers)***
  • Rum to taste
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INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place water in a large stockpot.

2. Add the piloncillo (or brown sugar) and cinnamon to cook for about 15 minutes. If you are using fresh Tejocotes, add them with the piloncillo and cinnamon since they take longer to soften.
3. Add the chopped guavas, apples, and prunes along with the rest of the ingredients like the sugar cane sticks, tamarind pods or hibiscus flowers. If you are using the canned version of the tejocotes then add them in this step.
4. Simmer for about 1 hour. Serve hot in mugs, ladling some of the fruit in and adding rum to your liking.

¡Buen provecho!

 

To read more of Mely’s recipes, check out her blog here

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Our New Product: San Cosme Mezcal

We have a delicious new addition to our famous Tequila and Mezcal collection – one that we’re very excited to be bringing to the taste-buds of Soho. Now fans of the agave plant can come and try Mezcal San Cosme – a spirit that harks back to the craftsmanship of Mexico’s pre-colonial tradition.

 

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The name Mezcal San Cosme originates from Saint Cosmas who, together with his twin brother Damian, is the Patron Saint of Doctors. The brothers both defied death on a number of occasions and miracles are often attributed to them.

Therefore, Mezcal San Cosme can be approached for its mythical, rejuvenating and historic attributes, with each sip a discovery of its complex aromas, smooth textures and smoky softness. Sound enticing? Good! Come and try some today!

Tasting Notes from the San Cosme Mezcal website
Colour:
Bright, crystalline, unctuously caressing the glass of the mezcal, reflecting the great body of San Cosme Mezcal.

Nose:
A fresh scent of cooked agave, with a strong hint of alcohol and an underlying scent of raw agave. Some hints of caramel, wood and earth.

Taste:
San Cosme feels like it gently coats the mouth, and has a flavor of smoky agave mixed with leather.

Finish:
Warm pleasant finish.

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London Cocktail Week Has Begun!

The best week of the year is underway: London Cocktail Week! Until the 11th October, London Cocktail Week wristband holders will get to try the best cocktails that this city has to offer for £5 each! Cocktail heaven.

Here at El Camion, we are offering up two of our best-selling cocktails to the masses: Tommy’s Margarita and the Pink Chihuahua. If you’re not acquainted with these cocktails yet, you’re about to get to know them very, very well.

Tommy’s Margarita

Ingredients:

2 shots of 100% agave Reposado Tequila
1 shot of freshly squeezed lime juice (Persian)
1/2 shot of agave syrup

Method:

Measure out all ingredients into a shaker. Shake shake shake shake. Fine-strain into a chilled glass.

Garnish:

Lime wedge

The Tommy’s was created by Julio Bermejo and it made him an industry legend. It was named after his family’s Mexican restaurant in San Francisco (his dad is Tomas), which is now considered a kind of Mecca to bartenders and tequila fans all over the world.

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The Pink Chihuahua

Ingredients:

2 shots of Blanco Tequila
1/2 shot of freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 shot of lemon juice
1/2 shot of pomegranate syrup
1/2 fresh egg white

Method:

Measure out all ingredients into a shaker. Shake shake shake shake. Fine-strain into a chilled coupé glass.

Garnish:

Lime wedge on rim

When Dick created this drink for El Camion in 2011, he was so happy with it that he danced up and down the corridor.

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Enjoy! And let the dancing begin!

London Cocktail Week!

London Cocktail Week is almost upon us! It is 100% one of the best weeks of the year in London and a great way to say adios Summer and hola Autumn. It eases the transition somewhat, anyway.

From October 5th to 11th, Cocktail Week will take over the city with its parties, pop-ups, cocktails tours and a whole stonking cocktail village (we want to live there). With £5 cocktails for wristband holders, cocktails will be accessible to everyone and anyone – it’s the dream.

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We will be one of 275 London venues selling two of our best cocktails at £5 to wristband holders. Wristbands are £10 – yes, just £10 – and you can buy them here.

The cocktails on offer at El Camion and The Pink Chihuahua will be Tommy’s Margarita and the Pink Chihuahua.

The Tommy’s is a real favourite of ours (and everyone else’s, it seems). By replacing the triple sec in a regular margarita with agave syrup, the agave flavour becomes king, whilst still maintaining a pleasant sweetness. Delicious.

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The Pink Chihuahua is a pink and fluffy drink (appropriately named) created by Dick in 2011. He wanted to create something of this hue and the use of the pomegranate syrup does it so well. Its fluffiness can be attributed to the egg white, which gives it a lovely silky texture. This cocktail is so fruity and delightful that you’d be forgiven to forget that there is two shots of Blanco Tequila in it!

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So come and enjoy two of our best-selling drinks for just a fiver – bargain! Get ready, cocktail fans. It’s going to be a blast.

CALLING ALL FASHIONISTAS – here’s a cocktail for London Fashion Week

Cocktails and fashion go hand in hand – they’re both stylish, glamorous, and more often than not try to outdo each other on the crazy presentation.

So it only makes sense that we have some sort of offer available for all those in the Fash Pack who will be trotting around Soho in their high heels and crazy headwear – after all, this year London Fashion Week 15 is being held in the Brewer Street car park no less – a mere stone’s throw from our door!

We thought about it, and decided there really could be no better cocktail than the classic Espresso Martini. After all, it was invented by El Camion bartender Dick Bradsell when, some time ago, a model came in and asked for a drink that was going to ‘wake me up, and then f**k me up’. Since then, this boozy, caffeinated libation has been keeping drinkers alert (and then getting them sozzled), and is a firm favourite.

So our London Fashion Week cocktail is going to be an Espresso Martini made with Absolut vodka. We’re going to be selling them for £7 during the week and then we’ll be having a party on Friday, where we’ll be selling them for merely £5 to anyone with a London Fashion Week pass. To tempt you a little more, here’s a picture of our very own Matt modelling the Absolut Espresso…
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So, whether you need waking up, f***ing up, or both – bring your London Fashion Week pass and we’ll see you for drinkies!

A cocktail to go with your cheesy nachos?!

We were recently featured on the Mail Online in an article about the best cocktails to go with your guilty pleasure eats. Not that we endorse crappy food (we only serve the good stuff) but we do endorse cheese on pretty much everything, and Bea can whip up a cocktail to go with anything.

As Bea says in the article, quite rightly, ‘Everyone likes a spicy nacho’ – but the trick is drinking something to complement that spice.

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We announced our new cocktail, The Chilipinarita in a recent blog post here. Made with pineapple juice, pineapple syrup, lime juice, two pineapple wedges, a red chilli – and of course two shots of blanco tequila, it is the perfect blend to enhance the spice, while the acid from the pineapple tempers it.

Bea says: ‘The sweet notes in the pineapple juice balances the savoury nachos and the citrus stops the dairy from the beautifully stringy cheese and the sour cream from resting in your stomach. The tequila needs no explanation. It’s frikken agave nectar from the gods.’

Bea is seldom wrong. Read the full article here.

 

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