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Retox: Margaritas and Mexican fizz to celebrate Selfridges’ food hall takeover

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Flowers and fizz: Selfridges threw a very stylish dinner party this week to celebrate its Mexican food and drink takeover

 

It’s pretty exciting being in the Selfridges handbag hall after hours. It’s even more exciting when one gets to guzzle pink fizz and chilli-spiked margaritas whilst looking down on the boxfresh Dior.

On Wednesday evening the world’s coolest department store threw a dinner party with a difference to celebrate the year of Mexico and a smokin’ hot ten week Mexican food and drink programme across its restaurants and food halls.

The modern Mexican menu created by Chef Benito Molina and Chef Solange Muris, all the way from Baja, featured Abalone Tostadas, Lobster Broth, Lamb in a Mole sauce and Chamomile Pannacota. But it’s the drinks – of course – that Detox Retox wants to shout about.

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Celebrating Mexico: A Mariachi band serenaded shoppers in the food hall (pic c/o: instagram/selfridgesfood) 

 

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Beer with a heart: Vaquita Marina Pale Ale donates all profits to preservation of the endangered ‘Vaquita’ dolphin (pic c/o: instagram/selfridgesfood)

 

Margaritas (my favourite) got the party started, some sweetened with agave syrup and all served with a soft, smoky chilli rim.

Next up was the Pale Ale Vaquita Marina by Ensenada brewery Cervecería Wendlandt. It tasted clean and fresh, and the company donates all profits to the preservation of the ‘Vaquita’, the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin species, so we could feel good while getting our beer buzz on.

The main course was served with surprising Mexican red, 5 estrellas, and the grand finale was sparkling rose wine Espuma de Piedra, served with a dreamy, creamy Chamomile Pannacota. 

It was a delicious way to investigate the drinks of Mexico.

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Cheers to Mexico: Team Femail get busy tasting the sparkling wine

 

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Chillis EVERYWHERE: The Selfridges grocers are stocking up on fiery fruit and veg

 

After dinner we decamped to Mestizo, London’s best Mexican restaurant according to the Mexican embassy and tourist board members we followed there. And what followed was a lesson in learning how to choose tequila, how to sip mezcal, and how not to behave on a school night. Affirmation (if I needed it) that tequila is often trouble, and always fun.

  • Details of all Selfridges Mexican parties, products and pop-up restaurants over the next ten weeks are available at www.selfridges.com/mexico.

 

 

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