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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!

 

Our Sexy New Tequila: FORTALEZA

Our tequila cabinet has a sexy new addition that has seduced our bar team already. It might be £9 a shot, but boy, is this something special.

Say ‘Hola’ to Fortaleza. Yep, it’s even enjoyable to say. But with a soft and sweet flavour, a creamy mouth-feel and a clean finish, it’s even more enjoyable to drink.

Fortaleza Tequila is crafted in the stone-milled estate of ‘Destileria La Fortaleza’ in Tequila, Jalisco. Made from 100% mature Blue Agave, Fortaleza is a family-produced artisanal tequila that is born out of heritage and passion, using old-style techniques. The outcome has blown tequila fans away – it tastes like pure class in a glass.

Tasting notes:

‘The blanco (silver) tequila is stored in stainless steel tanks and never touches wood, giving it a crystal clear appearance. It is smooth and floral with a creamy and delicate feel in the mouth. Fortazela Reposado (rested) is aged for six to nine months in charred oak barrels to give it a distinctive soft gold colour, and exudes warm nutty aromas with a lingering residual spice on the tongue. The Añejo (aged) tequila is aged for years in the charred barrels, giving a deep caramel colour, vanilla aroma and exceptionally smooth and velvety feel on the palate and throat.’

Enjoy like a fine wine and sip slowly. Tequila heaven.

 

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Stuff We’ve Got Goin’ On

We can almost hear the sleigh bells ringing! The temperature has dropped, the nights are at their darkest – tis most definitely the season for all things food, for all things drink and for all things PARTY.

What’s been going on with us? Well, we’ve just been celebrating Thanksgiving in honour of our old muckers from across the pond and our chef created a special dish of Turkey Enchiladas: strips of marinated turkey wrapped in our thin tortillas, slathered in traditional green enchilada sauce and served with puréed black beans – yum! It might just have to last longer than Thanksgiving did…

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Watch out for more special dishes as Christmas approaches. Chef is feeling creative AND festive so expect some mouthwatering offerings starring turkey, cranberries, rich spices and warming treats.

And it’s not just the kitchen getting into the spirit of things! The bar team are currently working on a Christmas cocktail to make merry with. They’re a talented and competitive bunch so no doubt there will be an in-house cocktail competition to see who’s creation is the most palatable come Yuletide. Got some ideas? Send them our way!

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We’ve also got some awesome new tequilas and mezcals in, including Tequila Cabeza and San Cosme mezcal, so if you’re looking for a tipple to warm you from the inside, just ask our team what they recommend!

 

Take an El Camion Selfie!

Our aim is to give you guys a good time – whether you’re cramming your face with a burrito upstairs in our Baja Californian Cantina, or sipping on Espresso Martini Cocktails in our basement bar, The Pink Chihuahua. So it gives us no better pleasure than seeing you all enjoying yourself. Which is why we LOVE a selfie – especially when you tag us @Elcamionsoho on Instagram. And, what’s more, our favourite each week will win two free Pink Chihuahua cocktails! Here’s a selection of the ones we’ve collected recently…

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Friend love from @thenewhenrik – either they’re excited to go in or they’ve just had a wonderful time with us!

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@danielcshalom bringing the style with some margaritas – and of course the wall of ladies behind!

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We’re all about the birthday fun – and were thrilled at @beth_beatrice501 posting this candle-glowing piccie

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A great place for the gang – @jessiceeee13 shows how she celebrates Mexican Fridays with friends

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Standing out from the crowd – vibrant food and even brighter clothing from @saflow and friends

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 Sneaky Peek at a New Cocktail… the Chilipinarita!

You may or may not realise, but there are some exciting happenings at El Camion HQ at the moment. One of these things to watch out for is a brand new revamp of our cocktail list, currently being worked on by the lovely Bea Bradsell and her crew of mixology maestros.

Now, we’re not giving too much away just yet, but we can reveal that THIS will be one of the new drinks available. In fact, you can already order it, as it’s been gracing our Specials Board!

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Here we have Chilipinarita, seen alongside one of our banging burritos. Keep your eyes peeled for its appearance in The Mail online, too! And if you want to know what’s in it… well, you’ll just have to come and taste, won’t you!

The various types of Mexican food we tried On Tour

Here at El Camion, our menu comprises of mostly cuisine from the Baja California region of Mexico. This Northern part of the country has links to the United States, and comprises of lots of fish, tacos, burritos and quesadillas, as well as fish and steak.

So it was fun to explore the other gastronomic delights of Mexican food when we went On Tour to Mexico City recently, and see the dishes that don’t make it as frequently across the seas. Here’s a little round-up of what we found:

CACTUS SALAD

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Yep, that’s right – a salad made from cactus. Actually refreshing and completely delicious. It had the texture of green beans but was much more flavoursome, and was marinated with lime juice, coriander, chilli and onion. Cactus is actually incredibly good for you, having many of the same properties and nutrients as Aloe Vera (it’s from the same genus). We also had cactus pears (very tasty), and wonderful cactus juice.

CHILAQUILES

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Chilaquiles is a traditional breakfast dish in Mexico containing, as many meals do, tortilla chips.The tortilla chips are fried until they start to soften, then placed on a plate and topped with pulled chicken and sour cream, and served with refried beans on the side. To ensure the tortillas remain crisp, the salsa is added last – in this example it is red salsa.

BLUE CORN TORTILLA QUESADILLAS 

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Quesadillas can be eaten at any time of day (we serve some very popular ones at El Camion!) but these particular varieties were eaten at breakfast. They have a variety of fillings, including mushroom, cactus and pulled pork. What makes them quesadillas is the melted cheese inside – the name comes from the Spanish word ‘Queso’, which means cheese. Blue corn (also known as Hopi maize) is a variety of flint maize grown in Mexico. It contains 20 percent more protein than white corn, and has a sweeter, nuttier taste.

TRI-COLOUR ENCHILADA

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Enchiladas, for anyone who hasn’t chowed down on our El Camion variety, is a corn tortilla rolled around a filling and covered in sauce, usually containing rice and a mix of meat and vegetables. This variety has three colours made from green and red salsa and black beans. The sour cream also adds to the impression of colours from the Mexican flag.

TORTILLA SOUP

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These tortillas crop up everywhere! Well, they are a staple item in Mexican food. It’s very popular to have them cut into strips and added to soup, such as this tomato variety made with chicken stock. Other additions include avocado chunks and fried onions.

 

So there you have it – a little gastronomic tour of our visit to Mexico City! If you fancy experiencing the flavours of Mexican Food yourself then come down and visit some day – and here’s a picture of our fabulous Mixed Botanas to tempt you!

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Spotlight On: Tequila Arette

Every now and then we like to shine a spotlight onto a particular tequila. It’s almost as if reading our blog will help you transform into a tequila aficionado – and if it does, then we have done what we came here to do. The only condition is that you must make sure that you actually try the tequila we’re banging on about too. This week, we’re looking at Tequila Arette.

 

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Arette is one of the team’s favourite tequilas because it is a superb tequila that doesn’t have a premium price tag to go with it. It’s not about the fancy schmancy bottle or the cool branding – it is literally all about the quality of the tequila.

Arette is made in “EL LLANO”, one of the oldest distilleries in the region, located in the splendid town of Tequila. It’s got the heritage to go with it too, as the distillery is operated by descendents of one of the most recognised families in the tequila Industry, the Orendain Brothers.

Here’s how it’s made:

 

So, what does it taste like?? Well, we recommend the Reposado variety, as it explosively flavoursome without being overpowering. That’s what you get when it’s made from water from the Tequila volcano. (Yes, really.)  It feels quite light and thin, and the initial tasting notes are earthy and floral. Overall mellow and sweet, it is nice mixed into a cocktail, but well-worth sipping straight.

 

Impress the bar team and ask for Arette. No slammin’ this delicate tipple!