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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!

 

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!