Tabasco Bloody Mary Challenge & Giveaway

Tabasco® and Bloody Mary – A Challenge and A Giveaway:

Earlier this year I spent a happy lunch time trying twenty or so fabulous Bloody Mary cocktails and variations!   It was, of course, the Bloody Mary Challenge, held this year at the American Bar at Brasserie Zedel, an event that attracts the UK’s top mixologists.   It’s believed that the Bloody Mary was invented in the 1920’s by American bartender Fernand Petiot when he was working at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris.  When he returned to New York, he took the drink with him and the American palate demanded a spicier version, so the recipe evolved to include black  and cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, and a generous splash of  Tabasco® Pepper Sauce.  An American classic was born.

Tabasco bloody mary challenge

Now, I like my Bloody Mary fresh, chilled and spicy.  But this challenge went way beyond anything I might normally concoct in my kitchen.  The contestants were mixologists  from some of the top bars in the country and their challenge was to create the ultimate ‘classic’ Bloody Mary – and then to create an alternative!  We were in auspicious company too in the form of the judges, Charles Campion, Kate Spicer,  Russell Norman and Tristan O’Hara.  And, whilst we tasted most of the entries, I have to admit by the time we’d worked through the ‘classics’ I was finding it quite difficult to keep a fresh enough palate to understand the full skill of each drink.  When the alternative cocktails appeared we had dry ice, foam and plenty of ingenious presentations!

The winning classic recipe came from Gareth Evans’ of Pollen Street Social, who produced this:

Classic Bloody Mary 

35ml Absolut vodka,
125ml sundance tomato juice
2 dashes Tabasco® Pepper Sauce
15ml Worcestershire sauce
10ml lemon juice
Pinch celery salt
Pinch black pepper

Throw three times, serve on a board garnished with a candy striped straw, small piece of celery, nocelara olive and cherry tomato, with a side of heritage tomato salad and horseradish snow, plus a miniature bottle of Tabasco®.

tabasco classic winner

And, the alternative winner was Marco Piroli of the LAB bar in Soho with

Mary & the Soldiers 

30ml garlic infused vodka
15ml punt e mes
15ml lemon juice
125ml tomato juice
Pinch of black pepper, celery salt and sugar
7 drops of Tabasco® Pepper Sauce
1sp balsamic vinegar

Combine all the ingredients in a tin roll it with ice and strain in a highball glass. Garnish with Bovril, celery salt and chili flakes rim, boiled quails egg and soldiers.

Tabasco Challenge alternative winner

Now, if you’d like a chance to concoct your own Bloody Mary,  Tabasco® have kindly offered me a hamper of goodies to give away.  There will be   a selection of different flavoured Tabasco sauces, a branded apron, oven glove and a table cloth as well as a Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix and some caddies.  The perfect solution for a New Year’s hangover cure!

tabasco goodies

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  1. Sarah James says

    It’s not a great favourite of mine; I don’t really like the texture of the tomato juice – and I have to say that the garlic vodka sounds vile! So for me – just give me the ice chilled vodka and a dash of tobasco and I’d be happy!

  2. says

    For me the best Bloody Mary has to include A decent vodka, a glug of chilli infused sherry, some freshly grated horseradish,tomato juice, a few dashes of tabasco, a splash of Worcester sauce,a squeeze of lemon and finally a sprinkle of celery salt on top. Swirl together with a celery stick and enjoy! Make a jug as one is never enough!

  3. Christine Dodd says

    The location you are drinking it – preferably on board ship where the BM has been made for you by a lovely waiter

  4. P Wendy Clayton says

    vodka is my preferred spirit but I have never had a Bloody Mary. Perhaps I need to win this so that I can try one!

  5. Becci Cleary says

    I think a Hangover makes the perfect bloody mary – makes you really appreciate it and senses are heightened so you taste it all :)

  6. Jess Mandeville says

    I’ve never tried one but would have thought the quality of the vodka and tomato juice would make all the difference.

  7. Lydia Houghton says

    No worcester sauce for me – it makes a Bloody Mary taste too much like Spag Bol. I think you need to keep the flavours fresh and clean.

  8. says

    A sprinkling of lime habenero salt rather than celery salt, the chef from the real Hotel California sold me some a few years back at a chilli festival and I’ve been hooked ever since!

  9. sandy port says

    as several people have already said – really good quality ingredients.
    Cheap watery tomato juice is a real no no.

  10. Wendy Lam says

    I use V8 instead of tomato sauce for more flavour, a premium vodka and definitely ice cubes and a squeeze of lime.

  11. valerie mccarthy says

    It is my favourite drink…
    I love celery and toothpicks with many green olives stuck to it.. mmmmmm. I want one now.

  12. Sue Obrien says

    Tomato Juice, Vodka, Tabasco Sauce lots of ice in a tall glass with a stick of celery as decoration and for stirring. Yummm!

  13. andy powell says

    Good vodka thats been in the freezer at least a day ,fresh tomato juice and as many drops of tabasco to your own taste

  14. Emma Wolski says

    oodles of worcester sauce, decent tomato juice and vodka, a splash of salt and tabasco and a celery stick to dip in it!

  15. donna baxter says

    Good quality ingredients make a better bloody Mary. A good quality vodka, and tomato juice and a good slug of tabasco for a big kick!

  16. Katie Richards says

    I’ve never tried one – always wanted to but never have had all the ingredients at home at the same time!

  17. Kate Williamson says

    Oodles of Worcester sauce, pinch of celery salt, good splash of Tabasco and a great glug of tomato juice

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