A bar is transforming itself into a “rustic Mexican mezcaleria” for London Mezcal Week with what it believes to be the largest collection of mezcals in Europe.
The Bloomsbury Club Bar is adding 30 varieties of mezcal to its drinks list alongside a special mezcal cocktail menu from September 11 to 24. It has been developed in partnership with Eduardo Gomez, founder and director of London’s Tequila & Mezcal Fest.
The mezcaleria has been created to tie in with London Mezcal Week which runs from September 11 to 17, with events around mezcal, Mexican culture, art and food, ending with a two-day tasting festival for Mexico Independence Day. It is organised by Thea Cumming and Melanie Symonds, the founders of Dangerous Don and QuiQuiRiQui mezcals.
Mezcals available at the mezcaleria at The Bloomsbury hotel will inlcude Amores Espadin, Bruxo No 1 and No 5, Mezcales de Leyenda, Durango, QuiQuiRiQui and Pierde Almas Botanica – a mezcal distilled with classic gin botanicals. Also on the menu will be liqueur Dangerous Don Coffee Infused Mezcal.
The bar has also designed a range of mezcal cocktails including the Espresso Mezcaltini made with Dangerous Don Coffee Infused Mezcal, espresso and gomme, the rich and smoky Megroni with Mezcal Burrito Fiestero, Campari and Cocchi Torino vermouth, the refreshing Mezcal Martinez with QuiQuiRiQui, Byrrh, Cocchi Americano, maraschino liqueur and Peychaud’s Bitters, and a Tommy’s Mezcal Margarita with Ilegal Mezcal (pictured).
Bar manager Brian Calleja said: “It’s great to see a rise in the popularity of this fantastic spirit so we can’t wait to be part of London’s first Mezcal Week. It is so exciting to be offering Europe’s largest collection of mezcal at The Bloomsbury Club Bar and I hope we introduce lots of our guests to their new favourite drink!”
The Bloomsbury Club Bar will be hosting a live panel discussion, “The Future of Mezcal”, on Wednesday September 13 from 2pm to 4pm. This will feature some of the industry’s leading players such as Tomas Estes, Carlos Moreno, Gaby Moncada, Jesse Estes, Stuart Fritz and Jon Anders Fjeldsrud. Guests will also be challenged to a blind tasting to see who can really tell their agave spirits apart.