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We might be taking some enforced time out from Mexico's crystalline beaches, bubbling metropolises and thrumming street parties, but that's not to say we've severed ties completely. To celebrate the collaboration between London-based tequila brand El Rayo and Yucatán-based artist Hola Lou, we're giving one SUITCASE reader a bundle of goodies guaranteed to bring the effervescence of modern Mexico directly into your home.
We're not cutting any corners here. Not only will the lucky winner receive two bottles of El Rayo - one bottle of El Rayo Plata and another of El Rayo Reposado - as well as a generous splash of sparkling Indian tonic, they'll also receive a set of four highball glasses and three jubilant Hola Lou prints. Make some space on your drinks trolley.
Those familiar with El Rayo know the deal. You don't swirl this pale, honeyed nectar into a fruity cocktail or oust the taste with a lick of salt; El Rayo is silky smooth tequila, designed to be mixed with tonic and garnished with grapefruit. You'll want to sip that sweet goodness with the reverence it deserves. After all, each drop is at least eight years in the making - the outcome of a fully hand-planted, hand-harvested, handmade production line.
Feeling spicy? Reach for a frosted glass of El Rayo Plata - a citrus distillation with notes of pepper. Forget curfew. When evening sets in, we're pulling up a chair on the Plaza Rio de Janeiro (in spirit, at least) and pouring a glass of El Rayo Reposado, Plata's more mellow, nutty, caramel-coloured sibling. Less is more when it comes to mixing El Rayo; add a spritz of tonic and let the tequila take centre stage.
It seems only right that artisanal drinks should be served in similarly elegant ripple glassware and clinked in no-less considered surroundings. We're giving you a triptych of original Hola Lou prints. These are the types of artworks that suck you in and spit you out amid swaying palms and gentle surf, even on the most cloudy of days. Hola Lou's work is vaporwave meets Matisse meets Miró, saturated with sun-baked ambers, unpolluted blues and zesty greens of the Yucatán Peninsula.
Take some time out to savour the flavours of modern Mexico. There's nothing quite like sipping on a long glass of icy-cold tequila and tonic while admiring the work of a homegrown artist. Is there a more meaningful way to engage with Mexican culture from home? We say: no.
Leave your sombrero at the door, and don't even think about bringing a pinata. This is how you throw a next-level fiesta. "Salud" to that.
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El Rayo is a tequila brand committed to capturing the flavours of modern Mexico. Every bottle is distilled through 105-year-old copper stills in the Los Altos region in Mexico. El Rayo routinely partners with young creatives to help shine a light on the richness of Mexico cultural scene.