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.
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.
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.
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.
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.