Exposure to new flavours and products is on the rise in Perth. Luckily, this means tequila has expanded beyond the realm of a shot glass sandwiched between a lemon wedge and a salty knuckle.
Enter el Público! A bar focused restaurant and the niño de amor (thanks, http://www.spanishdict.com) of Paul Aron (Greenhouse), Michael Forde (Cantina 663) and Alex Cuccovia. Heading up the bar team is a well known face, James Connolly (ex Defectors/Sentinel).
When James invited us in to share some drinks we were more than keen. True to the theme, all the drinks he made for us used tequila or mezcal, and a quick glance at the back bar was impressive. These guys have gone out of their way to source products previously unavailable to Perthites and even many Australians.
Lagerita: Espolon Blanco tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, Tecate
Served in a cut off Tecate beer can.
el Público mezcal serve: llegal Mezcal Reposado, chilli salt,
hibiscus & raspberry icy pole
Served in a clay pot reminiscent of those used to serve agave spirit in Oaxaca
Captain Fanta Pants: Calle 23 Blanco tequila, St Germain Elderflower liqueur, Bitterman’s hopped grapefruit bitters, lemon juice, Fanta
Served in a crown seal Fanta bottle with crushed ice.
Margarita: Herradura Silver tequila, Cointreau, agave nectar, lime juice, salt
Our bartender for the afternoon, James Connolly.
ps. check out the beautiful “coming soon” page of their future website: link