Tequila… Mondays

24th July marked National Tequila Day, and this brought with it an invitation to Notting Hill’s ode to modern Mexican cuisine, Peyotito.

My Mondays usually consist of a few hours scrolling through Netflix or maybe a quick dinner out if I’m feeling particularly dangerous. The thought of a Tuesday hangover is not one I like to have lingering in my mind for long, let alone make a reality. The reason I could drink on this particular Monday? Hangover-free tequila. That’s why.

Peyotitio is a sophisticated, modern Mexican restaurant on Kensington Park Road in the heart of Notting Hill. Proudly and boldly standing itself away from the typical Mexican cuisine, Peyotito offers a contemporary and refined Mexican menu, set in a light, intimate and casual surroundings. Think minimalist, chic, delicious.

During July, Peyotito is hosting a set tasting menu followed by a Casamigos Tequila masterclass and tasting every Tuesday evening (4th, 11th, 18th and 25th), and I was lucky enough to enjoy the first sitting.

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We started off with Casamigos famous hangover free Casamigos x Peyotito Margarita. Margaritas have never been my tipple. I’ve always found them too strong and hard to take, however I was assured that the Casamigos tequila would change my perception of this well known blend. To my (genuine) surprise, this cocktail went down way too easily and didn’t have the same unwanted kick as the one’s I’d tried in my past. With that, the words ‘another one please’ kept slipping through my lips.

Next, we were confronted with what seemed like a never ending barrage of gorgeously presented delicacies. The table sunk into silence as each of us devoured plates of fresh tuna tostadas, taco selections (the fish was DIVINE) and homemade guacamole, before commencing on not one, but two deserts. I can say without an ounce of hesitation that the ice cream with lemon curd and ginger crumble was one of the most incredible things to ever grace my face.

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Following the consumption of enough food to feed the 500, we reconvened downstairs to commence our tequila tasting with Casamigo’s UK brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank.

Feeling slightly nervous and recalling all my troubling evenings following one too many tequilas and airing my concerns about the next day’s repercussions, Jack assured me I was in safe hands with Casamigos. And so the no hangover part of this tale comes into play.  Being 100% Agave, rather than containing many of the preservatives, sugars and additives that cheaper tequilas have, Casamigos does not give you a hangover (as long as you don’t swig it back with sugary drinks, that is). From all of us hangover sufferers, thank you Mr George Clooney for giving birth to such a wonderful drink.

With this, I felt confident to commit myself to the tasting. Shot glasses of Casamigos tequila were lined in front of us – all the same ingredient (100% Agave), but aged for different durations. We tasted each, discussed notes and flavours we were getting hints of from each bottle and slipping deeper and deeper into alcohol fuelled hysterics.

I won’t give too much away as you really do need to book into this experience for yourself, but we spent our evening sipping, chatting and laughing until deep stitches had encroached into our sides. PLUS – a hangover-free Tuesday awaited for me!

Thanks for a wonderful night Peyotito, Mr George Clooney and Mr Rande Gerber  – I won’t forget it any time soon!

Book your evening of Mexican indulgence at Peyotitio by ringing 020 7043 1400. 

[£45pp includes a cocktail, tequila tasting with Jack Brooksbank and three-course meal]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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