A Spicy Giveaway for the New Year with Tabasco:
Last year you may remember I went to the finals of the Tabasco Bloody Mary challenge. Sadly, I missed this year’s event – where thirteen of the country’s top mixologists created first a ‘Classic’ Bloody Mary and then their twist on the drink for the ‘alternative’ round. Held at Hawksmoor Spitalfields, this year the event was judged by Charles Campion, Tony Conigliaro and Tristan O’Hanna. Up for grabs was a three day trip to New Orleans for both the winners, so it’s perhaps not suprising that the event attracted a line up of contestants from establishments including China Tang at the Dorchester, the Hinds Head in Bray and the London Cocktail Club. Rather fittingly the winner of the ‘Alternative’ round was George Collyer from ‘Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town’, while Marco Piroli from the Lab Bar picked up first place in the Classic Bloody Mary round.
Classic Bloody Mary by Marco Piroli, LAB bar, London
Alternative Winner – Mezcallywag by George Collyer of Scaredy Cat Town
Now of course to recreate either of these cocktails you’ll need some Tabasco. The lovely people there have offered me two hampers worth £50 each for London-Unattached readers – a great way to start practising making your own Bloody Mary for the 2014 challenge! Just follow the Rafflecopter below remembering to answer the mandatory question and I’ll pick two winners at random!