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International Margarita Day at El Camion with support from Tequila Calle 23 and Mezcal Del Maguey


In celebration of International Margarita Day, a whole day dedicated to honour the classic Margarita cocktail, we have decided to make our own rendition with a slight twist… why mess with a classic! Our version is called the Smoky Margarita and you can get it for £5 ALL DAY on Thursday 22nd February. It’s made using Tequila Calle 23 Blanco, triple sec, freshly squeezed lime juice, with just a hint of Del Maguey Mezcal Vida.


The main ingredient in Margaritas is tequila, a Mexican spirit made from the agave plant. If you’re not familiar, agave plants are a type of succulent that can only be used when it nears the end of its life, which is usually 5 to 10 years after being planted. To be legally called a tequila it must be made in Mexico; after harvesting, the agave plants have to be cooked, then crushed to extract the sugar rich juices, the juices are then fermented and it must be double distilled. Tequila comes in blanco (unaged), reposado (rested), añejo (aged) and extra añejo (you get the drift)…

Tequila Calle 23 is the brainchild of French born Sophie Decobecq; all her tequilas are 100% agave, which means all the sugars used in the production of the tequila comes from the agave plants. Out of the Calle 23 range we have chosen the blanco as it makes a great Margarita, with a spicy, citrusy, fresh agave flavour. This highland tequila is made in the town of San Pancho, using blue agaves grown in the region. At 40% abv, it’s a Margaritas best friend.

Mezcal Del Maguey Vida, is a rediscovery treasure, that Taos based artist Ron Cooper stumbled over nearly 27 years ago. It’s made in the small village of San Luis Del Rio by Paciano Cruz Nolasco and his son Marcos. Del Maguey Vida is made from Espadín agaves, the most common agave used in Oaxaca, using traditional practices: the agave is earth roasted, crushed by molinas and fermented naturally with airborne yeast before it is distilled in small copper stills. The flavour is much more complex, which a slight earthiness to it: it packs a mighty 42% abv, so we just use a little to give the Margarita that hint of smoke.


Spotlight On: Olmeca Tezón Tequila

  1. Olmeca Tezón is one of our premium tequilas, made from 100% Agave. A product of the Olmeca family, who produce their tequila in the highlands of Jalisco in Mexico, Olmeca Tezón takes its name from the indigenous volcanic mineral, known locally as Tezontle, which the traditional Tahona wheel press is made from.
  2. Olmeca Tezón tequila 
  3. The Tahona milling method dates back over 500 years and involves an enormous two tonne millstone crushing the Agave piñas into a pulp. Only a few other producers of Tequila currently use this method of milling – it is three times more time consuming than modern methods and produces around 6% more wastage. So, a lot of time and love goes into each bottle! The sweet juice extracted from the Tahona is called Tahona Liquid, of which a percentage is integrated into the fermentation and distillation process of all Olmeca Tequilas. Olmeca Tezón is the only one, however, that contains 100% of the Tahona Liquid.There are three types of Olmeca Tezón on our Tequila menu – Blanco, Reposado and Añejo.

    Blanco (Silver)

    Unaged and bottled after distillation, this clear, crystalline tequila has a light and clean herbal scent and tastes of citrus fruits with hints of honey, vanilla and spice with a pleasant, lingering finish. This is one sexy, sophisticated tequila!

  4. Olmeca Tezón blanco
  5. Reposado (Aged)

    Its brilliant gold colour is obtained from the American white oak casks, that were formally used to age Wild Turkey Bourbon. Aged and for 8-10 months, it has mandarin and lime notes, with a woody finish. The taste is spicy with a vanilla richness, mixed with grapefruit and orange flavours, leaving a sweet, smoky trace.

  6. Tezón Reposado
  7. Añejo (Extra Aged)

    For the connoisseurs among us, Tezón Añejo has been aged slowly for between 18 and 20 months and is ripe, full-bodied with a robust smoky bouquet that stirs the senses. It has a rich butterscotch and vanilla palate, with notes of orange peel, sea salt and oak, thanks to those ex-Wild Turkey Bourbon casks, and a long finish

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  9. Tezón Añejo

If you’re interested in trying something different, we have a full tequila menu with tasting notes and our bar staff will happily chat with you about the unique tequilas we have in stock. Better get exploring!

Christmas at El Camion!

Christmas meals can sometimes be quite a dry affair… tough turkey, flavourless stuffing, overcooked veggies… Luckily, we don’t have to deal with any of that. This Christmas we have a tantalising, lip-smacking, Mexican-themed Christmas menu for party season revellers that will leave tastebuds tingling and stomachs overjoyed.

Starting at £18 for two courses, merry diners can choose from nachos or quesadillas to start and tacos, burritos or tostadas for a main course with a choice of our favourite fillings and toppings – Chicken Tinga, Pork Carnitas, Picadillo Beef, seasonal vegetables or mushroom and spinach. And then for dessert we have our delicious churros with chocolate sauce or a selection of ice-cream – or a seasonal pie for those feeling festive.

For those wanting to push the boat out (or the sleigh – ho ho ho!), we are offering three courses for £23 or three courses with a Tommy’s Margarita on arrival for £30. Don’t say we never treat you.

For Christmas in Mexico this year, with a bit of spice and a lot of fiesta spirit, enquire with our lovely team on 02077347711 or tweet us here – @elcamion_soho

Feeling Hot, Hot, (Hot Sauce)

We all know what it’s like heading to your local Mexican restaurant for dinner. There are a few things that are pretty much guaranteed – there will be food envy from the person who ordered salad not fajitas; someone will drink too many margaritas and slump into a tequila-coma in the corner; you’ll be fighting for the last guacamole-laden nacho. And also at least two people are going to have a Scoville Sauce-Off.

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