Afternoon is possibly the best time to drop in to Touche Hombre, and I tested this theory one dreary Saturday. The staff were still revving up for their evening shift, but were able to rustle up a couple of drinks. I was intrigued by – and lured into – a Amichelada Bitchin' Beer Cocktail.
What is a Amichelada Bitchin' Beer Cocktail, you say? That's exactly what I was thinking. From the menu, it appeared to be a kind of bloody mary, but that seemed impossible for $9. The answer was both 'yes' and 'no'.
Let me first say that Touche Hombre offers a range of cocktails, so I wasn't forced into this choice. All the traditional favourites are there. There is even a good range of non-alcoholic options, including a rhubarb apple crumble mocktail that sounds amazing. It was my own spirit of adventure that drew me down the path of the Amichelada.
The menu describes it as 'the spicy illegitimate love child of Bloody Mary and Rio Bravo.' I don't usually take menus too seriously, having written quite a few myself (you can't hyperbole an hyperboliser). When my jar of spice and beer turned up, then, I couldn't complain that I hadn't been warned. I took a sip. It was exactly what you would get if a bloody mary and a beer made a baby together.
It's a weird combination, but my first thought was 'wow'. Somehow, the bar staff have landed on the perfect beer cocktail. It's not just a refresher, it's an absolute eye-opener. You get the chill of the lager with the zing of the chilli, and just the right amount of salt to round it out.
We didn't venture into the food menu, but tables surrounding us seemed happy. Watch this space for a follow-up.