If there’s one thing we love at El Camion, it’s margaritas. We would consider ourselves connoisseurs, in fact. But – you can’t be a connoisseur if you aren’t out there in the open world absorbing all there is to know – and (it goes without saying) continuously trying and tasting all the margarita world has to offer.
Recently, on a trip to Thailand, we stumbled across WooBar in Bangkok’s Hotel W. It has to be said, we were pretty impressed at the column space their menu gave to margaritas. ‘MARGARITAS ARE HOT!’ it announced. Yes, yes, they are. We think we’ll get along juuuuust fine…
We like the way that you can have your margarita YOUR way. Firstly, you have a choice of whether you want it straight up, frozen or on the rocks. Then, you can (if you want) add up to two ‘enhancers’. With a whopping sixteen to choose from, they range from things like pomegranate and passionfruit to coriander and cucumber.
But if you’re not hot on your flavour combos, you can leave it down to the work of the mixologists. They’ve put together four bad boys – the Beer Margarita, the Blueberry and Sweet Basil, the Watermelon and Kaffir Lime and the Spicy Mango Margarita – for you to pick from.
Knowing we’d be in good hands, we chose the Spicy Mango Margarita, made with tequila, mango, Tabasco and lime juice, and (a little experiment of our own) a Dragon Fruit and Sweet Basil.
Served on the rocks and garnished with a bright red chilli, the Spicy Mango Margarita was fresh, zingy and sublimely tropical-tasting. Real mango, whizzed up there and then, was used, making the margarita come alive with flavours and colour. The Tabasco gave it that firey kick, which went so well with the sweet mango, and the scent of the fresh chilli lingered after every sip. A triumphant margarita.
The Dragon Fruit and Sweet Basil was an awesome combination, if we do say so ourselves. Herbaceous, floral and delicate, the fresh dragon fruit did enough to set off the distinct flavour of the sweet basil without being too sweet and overpowering. Again, we had this one served on the rocks with a slice of dragon fruit and a lone basil leaf to garnish. A very fun, playful and attractive margarita, too.
WooBar is down as a destination bar in Bangkok, and now we know what it can do, we’ve made it one of our destinations for a great margarita. If margaritas are your favourite drink too, come down to El Camion and ‘talk margarita’ with us. How do you like yours?