Pass me a poncho and slip on a sombrero, because this is one Mexican extravaganza not to be missed. For London’s first Mezcal Week starting today, the Bloomsbury Club Bar is adding Europe’s largest collection of the agave-based liquor to its menu and transforming its space into a rustic Mezcaleria, complete with a twinkling garden adorned with agave greenery. Never tried Mezcal? It’s a relative of tequila, granted, but they differ in production technique and type of agave used. So now’s your chance to wave adios to that bottle of Jose Cuervo (you know, the one that gives you a hangover just thinking of it), and try something new. That way, even if it’s a bit much for your taste buds (unlikely), at least you can say ‘agave it my all’.
What with the devotion that goes into producing it (cooking the heart of the agave plant, then ageing the resulting extract for up to 12 years), it’s not hard to see why Mezcal was initially named ‘the elixir of the gods’. Well, godly as this liquor may be, the range of variations, blends and special cocktails the Bloomsbury is offering may have you stumbling home at a distinctly ungodly hour. Expect the likes of sweet but peppery Quiquiriqui and fruity Bruxo No.5, alongside a tempting range of Mezcal gins and Dangerous Don Coffee Mezcal. We love a good cocktail, so we’ll be sipping on highlights like the Espresso Mezcaltini, the Megroni or the Mezcal Martinez.
If we needed another reason to join the fiesta, it would be the ‘The Future of Mezcal’ live panel discussion with industry leaders and blind tasting on 13 September (2-4pm). But we don’t – they had us at liquor-themed fortnight. With Bloomsbury’s famous literary connections and the befitting leather armchairs, atmospheric lighting and member’s club vibe in the bar, it’s clear this will be a novel experience. So for now take a break from Tequila Mockingbird, and embrace other classics like Great Mexpectations, Les Mezerables or Of Mice and Mez.
The Mezcaleria will run from 11th – 24th September 2017.