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Where to go for a good margarita if you’re not in Soho!

El Camion is a whole 5 years old this year, so celebrate with us, wherever you are in the world, by raising a glass filled with our favourite cocktail: the margarita.

If you don’t happen to be in Soho and can’t join us in the Pink Chihuahua bar to sip our infamous margaritas, we’ve scoured the world for amazing margaritas – so wherever you may be, you can join in with the celebrations, El Camion-style.

1. Tres, San Francisco

Tequila Lounge and Mexican Kitchen, Tres pride themselves on specialising in 100% Agave Tequilas. When it comes to margaritas, we like Tres because they put the tequila first – their goal is to highlight the character of 100% blue agave tequila, rather than mask it with sweetness. Tres hand-squeeze Mexico imported limes and use agave nectar to sweeten (the most expensive natural sweetener in the world). Plus, they also make a note of always giving a full pour. Tres is our kinda place.

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http://tressf.com

2. Mayahuel, New York

A year after opening, Mayahuel won Best New Cocktail Bar in the World at Tales of the Cocktail 2010 by championing the complexity of agave spirits. Their aim is to use agave spirits to their full potential and have created a menu of over 50 cocktails to suit all palates. Though we’ll bet our bottom dollar that Mayahuel make the best margaritas in NYC, they might encourage you to try something different – we like the look of The Kessel Run, made with Reposado Tequila, Tapatio 110, Giffard Apricot, cumin, honey, lemon, orange & Angostura Bitters.

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http://www.mayahuelny.com

3. Ohla Boutique Bar, Barcelona

Starting life with the guidance of one of the world’s most highly-rated bartenders, Max La Rocca, the Boutique Bar in Barcelona’s Ohla hotel is definitely a must-visit for incredible cocktails in this crazy city. It’s certainly on the fancy side, but totally worth it – there are no smoke and mirrors here, just beautiful cocktails made with an excellent selection of spirits. But it was the margaritas that caught our eye – we like the sound of the Jalapeño-infused Tequila Margarita with a smoked salt rim. Yum.

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http://www.ohlahotel.com/en/gastronomia/ohla-boutique-bar/

4. Freda’s Bar & Canteen, Sydney

One of Sydney’s hidden drinking dens, we hear this is the place to come for a well-made margarita that packs a punch. Their signature cocktail is the Grapefruit Mezcal Margarita, made with El Señorio Mezcal Reposado, Cointreau, fresh lime and pink grapefruit juice, with a Murray River pink salt rim. Served straight up in a chilled coupe, it is the smokey taste of Mexico.

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http://fredas.com.au

5. The Basement, Edinburgh

Offering ‘imaginative home-spun cocktails’, this Mexican joint is the place to come in Edinburgh for a well-made tequila cocktail, as they have a whole menu dedicated to them. Their Classic Margarita is made with Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Cointreau and fresh lime and is served on the rocks or frozen with a salt rim. They also have a choice of Sangritas, which we like and respect.

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http://www.basement-bar-edinburgh.co.uk

 

Delicious Batidas at El Camion!

Batidas aren’t something you’ll find on every cocktail menu, which is a shame because they are damn tasty. They are also noted as a good remedy to cure a fiery stomach if you’ve been on the sauce the night before. Sweet, creamy and blended with ice, Batidas are a treat of a cocktail – and that’s why we’ve dedicated a whole section of our menu to them.

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Batida means ‘shake’ in Spanish and typically refers to a milkshake. In Portuguese it means the same, except when referring to a road accident, where it is usually used to describe a car crash. Not to confuse (or mix) the two.

A drink originating from Brazil, Batidas are made with Brazil’s national spirit, cachaça – which can be replaced with vodka where cachaça is not available, but that would be a little like sacrilege. Cachaça is known as Brazilian rum, as, like rum, it is made from fresh sugar cane juice that is fermented and distilled.

The cachaça is mixed with fruit juice or coconut milk, cane sugar and, ideally, condensed milk to make it creamier, and then blended with ice. It is served in a tall glass. With an umbrella if you like.

An umbrella always looks good

An umbrella always looks good

At El Camion we use Sagatiba Cachaça, an ultra-premium silver cachaça that has a smooth sweetness, making it perfect for cocktails. The sugar cane used is hand-selected in fields near the Sao Paulo distillery and is pressed within 24 hours of cutting. Fresh spring water is added and it is then distilled five times, resulting in a clean, sweet spirit. The tasting notes are at first sugary and intoxicating, then mellow out into velvety, caramel flavours.

Sagatiba Cachaça

Sagatiba Cachaça

Our Batida menu:
Coconut Batida

Sagatiba Cachaca, cane sugar, coconut cream and condensed milk. Blended.

Strawberry Batida

Sagatiba Cachaca, cane sugar, strawberry and condensed milk. Blended.

Passionfruit Batida

Sagatiba Cachaca, cane sugar, passion fruit puree and condensed milk. Blended.

Pineapple Batida

Sagatiba Cachaca, cane sugar, fresh pineapple and condensed milk. Blended.

Peach Batida

Sagatiba Cachaca, cane sugar, peach liqueur and condensed milk. Blended.