It’s National Tequila Day on Wednesday, 24th of July. Yep, apparently that’s a thing. And, whilst it sounds like an outlandish excuse for Brits to get mid-week wasted, we’re here in a desperate attempt to disassociate your thoughts on tequila with sweaty nightclubs and head-banging hangovers. Thus, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to enjoy the drink. Come on, it won’t tequil-ya to try them out…
For tequila with a view head to Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock. Upside? The views. Downside? The taste of tequila and sunlight might jog memories of one too many club nights finishing at 5am with the birds tweeting. Either way, there’s a new cocktail on the cards named Jalisco Sky which is comprised of marshmallow infused Aqua Riva Reposado tequila, Marie Blizzard APRY, maraschino, lemon juice and sugar syrup. Plus, it’s pink so it looks hella pretty.
Where: Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street Entrance, St Katharine's & Wapping, E1W 2SF
Head to Hoxton and have yourself a bit of Frida. We’re talking about the drink… Get your minds out of the gutter! The Gigi cocktail comprises Patron silver tequila, Tia Maria raspberry and blackberries, mixed up with zingy lemon juice and zest. It’s a top-notch Summer serve that’ll probably give you a hangover but then it is tequila at the end of the day!
Where: 11 Hoxton Square, Hackney, N1 6NU
Keeping things classy, or so we hope, The Savoy is no stranger to a tequila-based libation and is ready to serve you up The Founder this National Tequila Day. No, The Founder is not the brains behind the glossy hotel – that would be weird – but, in fact, a cocktail from the Magic section of their curated menu, featuring Patron Silver tequila, Martini Rubino vermouth, Verjus, tomato and celery shrub. Sounds a bit better than a shot, eh!
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Holborn (0.3 miles)
Tucked away from the bag swingers and tube pusher-inners is Murder Inc. It’s sleek, it’s sophisticated and it’s got bucketloads of tequila on offer for the big day, notably in the form of a Hay Zeus cocktail. We’re not sure whether the name is an attempt at saying hello to the Ancient Greek God of sky and thunder, but it’s got Olmeca Plata tequila, celery- hay shrub, blue wine and smoked coconut in it so we’re on board.
Where: 36 Hanway Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1UP
It’s Dalston’s latest Agaveria Bar and we can’t wait to get our hands on the tequila. Wondering what an Agaveria Bar is? Yep, so are we. But, what we can tell you, is that Hacha Bar are throwing a competition to find the best Tequila cocktail in the UK. So, if your true calling in life is a tequila-taster then you’re sorted as UK bartenders have been entering recipes for the last two months and you’re the judge…
All of this competition is thirsty work, so make sure you try the White Negroni made with gorgeous Don Julio 70. The drink is pegged to be one of the most sophisticated going, so grab yourself a James Bond-esque moment and queue the hangovers!
Where: 378 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AA
Megs Miller, the name behind FAM, actually has a background in tequila so, come on, this one is bound to be pretty punchy! In celebration of the big day, FAM will offer a hot twist on the margarita based on a trip she took to Mexico. We’ve heard on the grapevine that she loves to combine different versions of the famed drink… after all, why use one tequila when you can use them all?
Where: 31 Duke Street, W1U 1LG
Wander in the fantasy world of The Perception at W London, and all of its decadence and disco ball madness, and sink a Smokey Bandit or even a Millennial…
The tequila-based cocktails are sure to spruce up your day with epic tastes that include Patron Silver, Laphroaig, Velvet Falernum, Gomme, red pepper, coriander, chilli infusion and lime juice in that cheeky Smokey Bandit, and the Millennial? Well, it’s actually kinda healthy… or at least it’s got CBD oil so we’re persuading ourselves we’ll get some sort of five-a-day out of it! Other ingredients involved include Patron Silver, Cointreau, red chilli, lime juice and avocado. Tequila and avocados? Hmm, I wonder why they called it The Millennial…
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Don’t go home, boy, stay out and enjoy a twist on the classic Paloma this National Tequila Day. Homeboy is an award-winning Islington cocktail bar and their tequila try-out will boast Champers too, so it kinda triumphs on the best tequila drink rating cards.
Where: 108 Essex Road, N1 8LX
George Clooney founded this tequila and if it tastes as good as he looks then phwoar, we’ll take a crate! This National Tequila Day, Mexican resto Ella Canta has partnered with Casamigos for one night and one night only where guests can relish a series of Margarita masterclasses and a boozy three-course dinner pairing, including classic Mexican dishes such as tamals, carnitas and churros. Did someone say party?
Where: 1 Hamilton Place, Park Lane, Mayfair, W1J 7QY
With a name like Tequila Mockingbird, you’re bound to be whipping something up for National Tequila Day! To celebrate, the Putney favourite has partnered with Cazcabel Tequila, to create a tapestry of tequila-based treats.
Included is an Anejo Collins with CUT spiced rum, Cazcabel honey, Cazcabel Blanco, Triple Sec, lime juice, bitters and ginger beer, and the Mexican Old Fashioned with Cazcabel Reposado, Agave Syrup, orange bitters and lime. There’ll be more where that came from, and if their drinks are as good as their puns then you’re sorted!
Where: 12 High Street, Putney
Last, but by no means least, one of The Handbook team swears by a certain tequila-based cocktail they had in Soho’s playful Hakka restaurant Fatt Pundit and so we thought it only fair to include.
Introducing the Guava Chilli Sour. This Himalayan salt, red chilli and guava concoction resides in the fruit coolers section and boasts drinks that play creatively with spices, inspired by the fruit vendors of India. And, because it’s 5pm somewhere, add a dash of tequila from the ‘Spike It’ section, as we were recommend by the charming bartender. According to this Handbook team member, it was in fact the best tequila-based cocktail they’d ever had – quite the statement, and so worth a try!
Where: 77 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8TH
If tequila doesn’t tickle your fancy then how about some ravishing rum?