#Giveaway – Tabasco Hamper – 2013 Tabasco Bloody Mary Challenge

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.

Tabasco Bloody Mary Challenge Just in case you’d like to try here are the two winning cocktail recipes

Classic Bloody Mary by Marco Piroli, LAB bar, London  

Classic Bloody Mary

Serves 1
Prep time 5 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Breakfast
Misc Serve Cold
By author Marco Piroli, LAB bar, London


  • 40ml Vodka (A pinch of salt, celery salt and black pepper)
  • 15ml Sherry
  • 90ml Tomato Juice
  • 15ml Lemon Juice
  • 5 dashes Tabasco® Pepper Sauce
  • 10ml Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch Celery Salt
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Salt


Step 1 Combine all the ingredients in a Boston glass, add cube ice and roll for few second till cold
Step 2 Serve in a tumbler without ice and garnish with 2 celery stick

Alternative Winner – Mezcallywag by George Collyer of Scaredy Cat Town


Serves 1
Prep time 5 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Breakfast
Misc Serve Cold
By author George Collyer


  • 25ml Black & Pink Peppercorn infused Calle 23 Tequila
  • 25ml Vida De San Luis Del Rio Mezcal
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Thyme Sugar Syrup
  • 7ml Tabasco® Pepper Sauce
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Tomato purée (Recipe asks for 'bar spoon')
  • 1 piece Chard red bell pepper (3 inches)
  • 1 pinch Sweet Paprika (large)
  • 1 pinch Hot Paprika (small)
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 2 splashes Lagavulin 16 year old ((recipe asks for 'sprays')


Step 1 Add all ingredients except Lagavulin to a boston glass and stir.
Step 2 Then fill with ice & quick shake with a boston tin.
Step 3 Double strain into a chilled glass & spray Lagavulin on top of the drink & serve.

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!

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  1. Pamela Morse says

    jalapeño stuffed olives and juice…also I am a Red Snapper person, I prefer gin to vodka.

  2. Spencer Broadley says

    Frozen slice of lemon or lime to chill and give a bit more taste. By having frozen slices you dont need ice

  3. Peaches Golding says

    The perfect consistency of tomato juice allows the Tabasco sauce to have the right ‘bite’.

  4. Gillian Hale says

    I am allergic to tomato, so I would never have one, but I but Marmite in everything else so I would have to go with that!!

  5. Gail Bennett says

    Tabasco would of course add the magic … but some shredded basil leaves add something a bit special too :-)