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The soundtrack to The Pink Chihuahua!

What more to get you in the mood for sunshine, margaritas and dancing late into the night than a soundtrack of latin beats?

 

Our DJ, Alex, has put put together a mix that represents the vibe of the Pink Chihuahua bar. We don’t know what it says to you, but it says to us… ‘CRACK OPEN THE TEQUILA!’

 

Enjoy!

 

https://www.mixcloud.com/MuiscaSound/latin-summer/

 

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Spotlight On: Don Fulano Tequila

With its sleek bottle and contemporary logo design, Don Fulano Tequila stands out on any back bar. But is definitely not just a pretty face. Don Fulano is classy stuff – pure, 100% agave, 100% natural tequila with no additives or chemicals added.

 

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There is a whole range of Don Fulano tequilas – from Blanco right through to Imperial, but what they do exquisitely well is ageing – so if you can try the Anejo, do! Ageing is one of their greatest passions and they know everything about the barrels before selecting them. Don Fulano uses a combination of new and used French limousine oak barrels to rest in – and the used ones are a selection of ex-cognac, armagnac and sherry, so rather than a wood-heavy taste, the aged tequilas have notes of maple, black cherry, roasted coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, cloves and nuts, among many others.

It would be such a waste to shoot Don Fulano tequila. Yes, be that person that sits at the bar and smells it and swirls it around the glass like a fine wine! You’ll notice that the Anejo, rather than being woody and sweet, is present, spicy with a fudgy chocolate depth to it. Nectar from the gods!

Like the strange, greedy girl in the Galaxy advert, enjoy with closed eyes and a secret.

It’s gettin’ hot in here!

You’ve seen our Wall Of Fire, right? Our hot sauce collection lining our wall is a pepperhead’s dream, but if you don’t know your peppers from your padres then it might be a little overwhelming.

Get to know our sauces!

The ones we always have anytime you come in are Valentina and Cholula. Valentina is the number one, best-selling hot sauce in Mexico – the one that started it all. It’s a classic and you need to try this before you try anything else. As they say, if you don’t know where you’ve been, how do you know where you’re going? And Cholula, fondly referred to as ‘The Flavourful Fire’ is a staple on any Mexican restaurant table in America, used by pretty much everybody.

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We always have at least one El Yucateco – the red or green. Right now we also have the ‘Black Label Reserve’, which is black. It’s a dark, smoky habanero hot sauce with a mild heat level. Got to be tried!

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We also have a changing hot sauce special. At the moment, it’s Kan Kun Mexican Habanero. This is a vegan, gluten-free, additive-free, nut-free hot sauce made with 100% natural ingredients. Some hot sauces add chemicals to make them hotter or enhance the flavour, but not this one. It’s 85% pure Habanero chilli for extreme heat lovers.

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Turn up the heat with us at El Camion!

Spirits we are digging right now

Our bar team at El Camion are passionate about cocktails and are always making new creations, finding innovative ways to use the spirits at hand. Spirits fads come and go and the industry is always evolving, so that’s why the team are experimenting and creating non-stop; honing their craft in competitions and jumping on trends to see what’s hot and how they can play with it to keep the cocktail world fresh and exciting.

At the moment, these are just some of the spirits that the bar staff are loving right now (tequila is constant – that goes without saying):

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Beefeater 24

The superb end result of a year and a half of constant experimenting, Beefeater 24 was launched in 2008 as the new luxury super-premium addition to the Beefeater Gin collection. It has been crafted by the world’s most experienced gin distiller, Master Distiller Desmond Payne, who had been curious about the potential of adding tea to the botanicals mix. After learning that the Burrough’s family roots had been in tea trade, Desmond ran with it and added Japanese Sencha and Chinese Green Tea to the steeping process. It turns out that the molecules in the tea fuse in unique way to other flavours, meaning it mixes beautifully and is awesome to make cocktails with.

 

imageVIDA San Luis Del Rio from Del Maguey

Del Maguey crafts a range of artisanal, organic mezcals, but VIDA is the one that has paved the way for mezcal in the industry, due to its incredibly versatile structure, making it highly mixable. Its accessibility makes it the bartenders choice and the flavour is fruit-led, without being too woody and overpowering. it has a long, soft finish, which brings a delicious spin to a margarita, when used in the place of tequila. Next time, ask for a mezcal margarita – it’s becoming a firm El Camion favourite.

 

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Jägermeister

Believe it or not, Jäger wasn’s just made to be a shot, especially not a warm and sticky one – like most of us have known it as. It’s actually a complex spirit made of 56 different ingredients, including roots, herbs and blossoms. Like most complex things, it takes a bit of understanding and attention, and Josh from our bar team has created an blended iced cocktail with a Jägermeister base, using cassis and mint, among other ingredients. It’s just one example of a backbar spirit begging to be used in a new and inventive way.

Happy mixing!

El Camion: A Child of Soho!

El Camion has been proudly part of the fabric of Soho for five years now and on Brewer Street we have found our spiritual home. But what is this magical place we have become part of? What is it about this Soho spirit that now flows through our tequila-coursing veins?

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Soho has always had animals inhabiting it – it does now and it did back in the 16th century when it was just farmland. Sometime in the swinging sixties (the 1660s) the Earl of Leicester built a mansion on Leicester Square, making it the most fashionable address in London. Dignitaries, royals, playwrights and other VIPs flocked to the area to party and the rich used the surrounding acres as hunting ground. The hunting cry, ‘Soohoo!’ was, alas, what gave Soho its name.

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Later that century, city overcrowding meant that building the Soho land began. The street on which we dwell – Brewer Street – was once called Wells Street but then became home to two breweries, and the name followed. You see, our reputation as a drinking den was inevitable – it’s the street! It’s ingrained in our nature.

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Add in a couple of bookshops, strip joints, cafés and a sprinkling of sex shops, and we’re in the place we call home. Looking at the history, Soho has long been the favoured place for debauchery – why change an institution? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. All hail the mighty Soho! We’ll drink to that.

The Glorious Daiquiri

You come to El Camion, you know that you are going to get a mean Margarita. You may also have been tempted by our cool, creamy Batidas. But there is one other cocktail from the Latin Americas that we do and we do very well, and that is the glorious Daiquiri.

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The Daiquiri is thought to have been invented, or at least developed, in the late 1800s by an American mining engineer called Jennings Cox, who worked in an iron mine in Cuba called Daiquiri. Apparently, the locals drank rum with limes and, to make it more appealing to his palate, he sweetened the drink with sugar and mixed it with ice, when he could get it.

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Whatever the history, the drink has been a favourite in American bars since the 1940s and it has a league of famous fans, including the late Ernest Hemingway, who loved it so much that there is a variation named after him. It is one of the six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, which features the formula that our very own Dick Bradsell follows, and in turn, taught Simon Difford of Difford’s Guide.

In our Daiquiris we use Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, one of the most prestigious light Cuban rums available. It is a great quality rum and is perfect to mix in cocktails, without losing the authentic Cuban taste.

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Here is our list of Daiquiris:

Daiquiri Natural

Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, fresh lime and cane syrup, fine strained and served straight up. The original Cuban Daiquiri.

Frozen Daiquiri

Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, fresh lime, cane syrup and maraschino, blended with ice. Very refreshing on a hot day, and very, very drinkable.

Hemingway Daiquiri (Papa Double)

Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, grapefruit and maraschino, available blended or straight up like Hemingway used to like it.

Daiquiri Deluxe

Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, fresh lime, fresh pineapple and orgeat, blended with ice. Luxurious.

Strawberry Daiquiri

Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, fresh lime, strawberry and liqueurs, blended. Everyone’s favourite – summertime in a glass.

Banana Daiquiri

Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum, fresh banana, creme de banane and cream, blended with ice. A totally tropical treat.
Winter is just about over. We make that Daiquiri Time.

 

Sangrita, You Say?!

As a house policy we don’t serve tequila with salt and lime. Instead we serve a homemade red sangrita, made with fresh pomegranate juice and hot sauces. All our tequilas are made from 100% agave and are some of the finest tequilas coming out of Mexico – we don’t want to sully them with salt!

 

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Don’t confuse sangrita with sangria, though. Sangrita, meaning ‘little blood’, is a customary companion to a shot of straight tequila and is traditionally made from leftover juices (like orange and lime), pomegranate, fine pepper powder and spices. Its peppery, citrus taste compliments the tequila, also peppery and citrusy in taste, and highlights the tequila’s crisp acidity.

 

Tequila and sangrita

 

Traditionally, sangrita and tequila are poured into separate shot glasses and sipped alternatively, so that the sangrita cleanses the palate between each sip. We won’t judge you, however, if you decide to chase your shot of tequila with the sangrita. It’s more fun that way. It’s also used in a drink known as ‘The Mexican Flag’, where three separate double shot glasses are filled with lime juice, tequila and sangrita.

 

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Make your own sangrita!

A basic traditional recipe:

1 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
3/4 to 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz. real pomegranate-based grenadine
1/4 tsp. ancho chile powder or 3 dashes hot sauce
1-2 slices jalapeño

OR… just pour the juices left over from a fruit salad into a cup, along with some hot sauce, chilli powder, pepper and pomegranate juice, mix it altogether and there you have it – a traditional slap-dash sangrita, the way it was meant to be. Now onto choosing the tequila…

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.
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  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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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!

Late Night Menu at El Camion!

You lucky things, you. Not only do we treat you to the best margaritas in town, the meanest tequila shots around AND the simple pleasure of being in a venue as cool as our Pink Chihuahua basement bar, BUT we are now feeding your peckish mouths until 2:30am!

No need to spill out onto the street at closing time and head towards the nearest food vendor serving whatever is left – we can actually hear your bodies thanking us. Here at El Camion, we think that late night food doesn’t have to be bad food and that great drinks and great food are meant to go together.

Tasty treats at El Camion

Introducing… our new and extended Late Nite Menu! From 11pm to 2:30am, we will be serving your favourite nibble, our crispy tortilla chips, with five different choices of salsa or with fresh guacamole. We can also whip up a quesadilla or two for you, with melted jack cheese and your choice of fillings from Chicken Tinga, Chorizo, Mushroom and Spinach and Pork Carnitas. We’ve also got the new addition of Spicy Chipotle Chicken Wings for a meaty treat to keep your hunger at bay.

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For something a little more substantial, we’ll be cooking up burritos, tacos and, as of recently, nachos way into the night with our tasty fillings and toppings, ranging from Picadillo Beef, Chicken Tinga, Pork Carnitas and Black Bean (or Portobello Mushroom for the tacos). With all of this amazing grub available for longer, the night is your oyster! Plus, if you are that way inclined (a vegetarian), we can gladly and easily make everything veggie, and it will be just as tasty.

Burritos at El Camion

The Pink Chihuahua is a members club and entry is granted to members on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to become a member, just pop in to see us on Brewer Street.

Happy munching cocktail fans!

Christmas in Mexico at El Camion!

Christmas celebrations in Mexico kicked off yesterday on 12th December and run all the way until 6th January, so we are officially in party mode here at El Camion!

Our friends across the pond will be getting the nacimiento out of their lofts and dusting off the life-size (yes, life-size) nativity figurines, ready to recreate the manger scene in, sometimes, a whole room in their house! That kind of effort is worth toasting to.

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We probably won’t be creating our own life-size nacimiento due to most of our space being taken up by Christmas parties (take a look at our menu – you might like what you see) but we can kind of get involved with the tradition of the posada… This where people go around knocking on doors to be let inside and they are continually turned away until they go to the last house, where they are let inside and a party ensues!

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So, what does an El Camion party look like at Christmas? Well, mostly tequila-shaped (with a tequila cabinet like ours, it would be rude not to) with lots of tasty Mexican dishes and cocktails. Our £30 Christmas menu option includes a Tommy’s Margarita upon arrival and some snackage in the form of tortilla chips and our awesome house salsa, followed by a three course feast of nachos, quesadillas, burritos, tostadas or tacos. No dry turkey in sight! We also have just two or three course options available minus the margarita.

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If you fancy partying Mexicano style this Christmas then please enquire with our team on 020 7734 7711, get us on Facebook or send us a tweet @elcamion_soho. We do have limited spaces though and at the moment earlier in the week works best for us. Just fancy a Christmas tipple? We’ve got cocktails galore in our famous Pink Chihuahua Bar. A food order is not necessary but when you see our late nite menu it might be irresistible.

Enjoy your festive party season chicos e chicas!

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