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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.


So how did YOU celebrate Cinco De Mayo?

Well, this time last week we were holding our heads and groaning slightly, ready to indulge in our of our Mexican Hangover cures. Yep, it was the morning after Cinco De Mayo – a time when all of El Camion and The Pink Chihuahua get their party sombreros on.


There was a great atmosphere in the bar for Cinco De Mayo, with people dropping in for margaritas, nachos, and general good cheer. So how did other places celebrate the victory over France at the Battle of Puebla? We take a little look…



San Francisco loves a good bit of food – and so whether to celebrate the rich cultural history of Mexico, or simply another good reason to get tiddled on Margaritas on a week night, then the Bay Area threw a good party. These homemade tacos and corn chips represent some of the tastiest cuisine of the area, and there were several authentic menus, street fairs, and chances to immerse oneself in the Mexican culture.



It wouldn’t be a good party without a firework or two (Mexico has a whole festival dedicated to gunpowder, don’t you know!). Fireworks lit up the sky from California to the Southern tip of Mexico, marking the victory of the battle over a hundred years ago.


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From street fairs, floats, dancing and stalls celebrating traditional Mexican customs and costumes, the streets of Mexico City were a riot of colour and excitement!

And some good old patriotism..

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This image shows two caballeros in traditional riding outfits proudly lead the Cinco de Mayo parade displaying the flag of Mexico.


But remember – Cinco De Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day! This occurs on Wednesday, September 16th. Just enough time for us to start planning another big bash…


El Camion’s Margarita Travels!

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?

Mexicano Mariachi Style!


Mexico got style! If you’ve ever seen a Mariachi musician, it’s plain to see. Don’t know what we’re chatting about? If you watch Steve Martin’s 1986 smash, Three Amigos!, that might give you half a clue.

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Celebrate World Vegetarian Day in Mexican Style with El Camion

Grab your greens, chuck your chicken and step away from the steak – today is World Vegetarian Day! And while we love a bit of animal flesh as much as the next person, we also offer some absolutely awesome options for those wanting to avoid meat.


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