"Dia de Los Muertos": Tequila, Spice & Cocktails

“Dia de Los Muertos: Tequila, Spice & Cocktails”
by Joe Macbeth


Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead, for those of you that don’t already know, is a Mexican religious festival to commemorate the dead consisting of ‘All Saint’s Eve’, ‘All Saint’s Day’ and ‘All Soul’s Day’.

It takes place from October 31st to November the 2nd and involves families leaving offerings to the dead including sugar skulls, marigold flowers and the favourite food and drinks of the departed. In the cocktail world it’s been taken as a great excuse to celebrate all things Tequila and Mezcal for a few days whilst everyone else is tied up with the thought of Halloween.

Mezcal is a distilled beverage made from the Maguey plant in Mexico. Tequila is a type of Mezcal made in a specific region of Mexico from the Blue Agave plant. Their relationship is most easily described as Mezcal being like peaty scotch to Tequila’s standard blend. Now sadly there’s only so much room on our cocktail menu, and with our heavy focus on American whiskey, Tequila unfortunately takes a bit of a backseat. We do however have a spicy Tequila concoction on our current menu that might whet your appetite if you plan on celebrating the Day of the Dead with a Mexican-style booze up.  

The ‘Raging Rio Grande’ is our take on a Margarita-esque cocktail that embraces our current trend of embracing all things hot and spicy. Which, if you’re a regular at Rub, will realise is something we take to an insanely serious degree. We combine a healthy pour of our house El Jimador Blanco tequila with Lime Juice, Agave Nectar and Grenadine to give the drink a Tequila sour base with a touch of Pomegranate and Berry sweetness. Then add Fresh Chilli & Chipotle Bitters, made from smoke-dried Jalapeno peppers, to bring the heat to the drink. We shake and strain into chilled Cactus Margarita glasses and top with a splash of soda water.

We’re going full out for Halloween this year with themed events at both our venues, and lots of Halloween food and drink specials. But if you’re feeling in the mood for something a little bit different then why not celebrate “Dia de Los Muertos” instead, with a “Raging Rio Grande” and a “Big Foot Burrito”, right here at Rub.

Book a table for Halloween weekend at http://www.rubsmokehouse.com/pages/reservations