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National Tequila Day: Where to Drink Tequila in London & Recipes

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National Tequila Day is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than with a cocktail in hand at one of London’s best-stocked tequila bars? Wondering where best to drink tequila in London? We’ve done the work for you and scouted the city’s top places to enjoy the agave-based spirit…

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While at this point we’re very familiar with the saying “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR!”, it might surprise you to find out that tequila – when drank responsibly – actually has quite a few health benefits. High quality, 100 per cent agave tequila has been praised in various studies for its ability to improve the body’s ability to absorb calcium, protecting against osteoporosis and other health conditions. It’s also been found that tequila can keep your bones healthier for longer, act as a digestive aid and a prebiotic, and boost your immune system. It also boast much fewer calories than other tipples on the market (bonus).

So, what are you waiting for? Get stuck in this National Tequila Day with these London bars and recipes.

Where to Drink Tequila in London

The Sun Tavern

The Sun Tavern

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Head to East London for an afternoon of tequila-infused cocktails at Bethnal Green’s The Sun Tavern. The quirky neighbourhood bar will celebrating National Tequila Day in style, serving up the spirit straight from ‘the hatch’, while those staying at home can order the bar’s cocktails to be delivered – there’s no excuse not the celebrate. 441 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E2 0AN

Santo Remedio

Indulge your tequila with a side of tacos or tostadas at London Bridge’s Santo Remedio. The Mexican restaurant has a huge variety of tequila on its shelves, perfect for sipping, cocktails, and Santo Remedio’s famous tasting flights. Not sure what you fancy? Ask one of the bartenders for a recommendation – you won’t be disappointed. 152 Tooley St, London, SE1 2TU

Cafe Pacifico

With an extensive tequila cocktail menu, Cafe Pacifico serves award-winning cocktails from sunrise to sundown. Feeling daring? Try their award-winning Margherita Tumble. Made with Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver, fresh passion fruit and vanilla agave infusion, lime juice, and three citrus zest bitters, this tequila cocktail will give your taste buds a night to remember. 5 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JA

Mestizo

Mestizo Bar

If you’re wondering whether to drink tequila in London, look no further than Mexican restaurant and tequila bar Mestizo – the place to grab a cocktail (or two) this National Tequila Day. From a jalapeño Margarita to the classic Tequila Sunrise, indulge in three different types of tequila and find your favourite with their tequila tastings. 103 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 3EL

The Pink Chihuahua

Home to over 300 different bottles of tequila, The Pink Chihuahua takes over the basement of El Camion to serve tequila-thirsty Londoners every evening. From the exquisite Tapatio Exelencia to Patrón Blanco, they sure do know their tequilas – and certainly how to serve them. Can’t make it to the bar? No need to fear, The Pink Chihuahua opened their own bottle shop during lockdown and now ship to most areas in London.  25-27 Brewer Street, London, W1F ORR.

Cocktail Recipes: 4 Twists on the Classic Margarita

Staying in? Mix yourself these tequila-based cocktails and thank us later…

Tequila Recipes

The Patrón Paloma

Patron Paloma

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Patrón Silver tequila
  • 100 ml Grapefruit soda
  • 10 ml Fresh lime juice
  • Grapefruit wedge for garnish
  • Pinch of salt
  • Salt Rim (optional)

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to an ice-filled highball glass and stir.
  2. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

The Original Margarita

Cointreau Margarita

Ingredients

  •         30 ml Cointreau
  •         50 ml Blanco Tequila
  •         20 ml Fresh Lime Juice

Method

  •       Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add ice.
  •       Shake and strain into a margarita glass.
  •       Garnish with salt and a lime wheel.

Get all you need in one go with Cointreau’s limited edition Margarita Making Kit in partnership with VIVIR Tequila, available here. Recipe courtesy of Cointreau.

Casa Mint Lemonade

Tequila Cocktails

Ingredients

  • 60ml Casamigos Blanco Tequila
  • 15ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 15ml Simple Syrup
  • 8-10 Mint Leaves
  • Top off with Lemonade
  • Garnish with Lemon Wheel (inside glass) and Mint Sprig (tucked behind lemon wheel)

Method 

Combine all ingredients, except lemonade into tin shaker. Muddle mint, add ice and shake vigorously, then fine strain into collins glass. Add fresh ice, top off with lemonade and garnish.

Recipe courtesy of Casamigos.

Paloma Negra

Tequila cocktails

Ingredients

  • 40ml Mr Black
  • 20ml Mezcal or Tequila
  • 30ml Pink Grapefruit
  • Top with Soda

Method

  • Salt rim glass
  • Combine ingredients and add ice
  • Top with soda
  • Garnish with grapefruit wedge

Recipe courtesy of Mr Black Global Coffee Ambassador, Martin Hudak

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