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Protecting our agave

Can a bunch of bartenders save artisanal mezcal and tequila? We bet you they can!

It’s no secret that here at El Camion we love tequila and we love mezcal – two awesome spirits made from the wonders of agave. But, if the agave is not protected, what does this mean for the industry and the livelihood of the noble agave farmer?

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This informative article from PUNCH talks about TIP (Tequila Interchange Project) and how this group is influencing government policy in Mexico regarding agave production.

TIP’s story began in 2010. Five bartenders, who were originally on a trip to find out more about tequila, learned of the changing nature of the agave spirits and together, with a mezcal producer, embarked on a mission to preserve the sustainable, traditional and quality practices in the tequila industry.

Mexicans have been farming agave for hundreds and hundreds of years, and it wasn’t until the 20th century that international demand started to soar, due to a global desire for cocktails. Multinational spirits companies started buying up farms, turning them into high production facilities. The agave rush had begun – but with it came over-planting, early harvesting, diseases within the crops and lots of wastage.

Because of demand, the future does mean innovative industrial production, which, of course, risks wiping out artisanal practices that have been passed down through families for generations.

TIP have campaigned to protect small distilleries and have already stopped policies going through that would have been a threat to the traditional culture of mezcal production. Now, a thriving non-profit organisation, they comprise of bartenders, consultants, educators, researchers, consumers and tequila enthusiasts and are seen as a leading advocacy group for agave distilled spirits.

Keep updated about TIP here on their website.

@ThinkTequila

Our Day of the Dead Party Punch Competition

Our infamous Day of the Dead party is fast approaching on the 1st November and we are working hard to make sure that it is a party to remember! (Or not, as the case may be…)

There is one thing that is certain to kick any party off to a great start – and that is one tasty, juicy, fruity punch. We’ll be serving a punch so special at our Day if the Dead party that our bartenders actually fought over who would be creating it.

Everyone thinks that their punch is the best – that they have a “secret ingredient” that will blow all other punches out of the water. But, to make it a fair fight, we decided to hold an in-house cocktail-making competition – and the winner’s concoction would be the featured punch at Day of the Dead.

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There were many entries from our talented bar team. We had a pink coconut shake garnished with a chilli-salt pineapple slice; we had a creme de cassis fan’s dream, which was fruitier than Carmen Miranda’s headwear. A hot contender was a peach iced tea cocktail, made up with our favourite spirit of all, tequila, mixed with peach liqueur and black tea.

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However, a decision had to be made. Which punch was to be served by the gallon in sharing fish bowls at our Day of the Dead party? We needed something fresh, something spicy, something with a kick, something that would scare the spirits away back to the other world – or something to make them stay and party with us into the night.

Roman’s creation, served up in a cactus-stemmed margarita glass, was crowned the winner. Made with Chartreuse, vanilla and chilli, it was fruity enough for a punch bowl but demonic enough for Halloween weekend. Party-goers you are in for a treat!

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We look forward to seeing you, punch in hand, at Day of the Dead!