Bartenders win Tabasco’s search for the best Bloody Marys

The Tabasco British Bloody Mary Challenge, London, Britain, 2014

A drink made with watercress-infused mezcal, grapefruit and pomegranate helped India Blanch (pictured) triumph in the annual Bloody Mary competition run by Tabasco.

The bartender, from Call Me Mr Lucky at London Bridge, created the Bloody Criminal in a round calling for an “Alternative” twist on a Bloody Mary.

She infused Ilegal Mezcal with watercress and combined it with grapefruit and pomegranate juice, black and pink peppercorns and two different varieties of Tabasco Pepper Sauce.

Another round, challenging bartenders to create the best classic Bloody Mary using Tabasco, was won by Kaiko Tulloch from The Lucky Liquor Co bar in Edinburgh.

Judges in the competition included Gareth Evans, executive bar manager for chef Jason Atherton’s bars, Scott Collins, the co-founder of restaurant group Meatliquor, and food writer Charles Campion. It was compered by chef Ainsley Harriott, who is pictured with the judges and India.

The judges remarked on the ever-increasing level of creativity and mix of flavours on display. The two winners will spend three days in New Orleans next summer at drinks festival Tales of the Cocktail.

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