Winners named in Tabasco Bloody Mary challenge


George Collyer Bloody Mary TabascoTwo bartenders will be heading to New Orleans next year after winning the UK final of the 2013 Tabasco British Bloody Mary Challenge.

Thirteen mixologists from around the country competed in the final at Hawksmoor bar in Spitalfields, east London, challenged to create a classic Bloody Mary and an “alternative” twist.

In the “classic” round, Marco Piroli of Lab in Soho, London, was the winner with a drink that was judged to be perfectly balanced including a spike of Tabasco Pepper Sauce.

Second place in this round went to Ali Reynolds from Hawksmoor while in third place was Robin Webb of 64th & Social in Clapham, south London.

In the “alternative” round, George Collyer (pictured) from The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town in Spitalfields made a drink that combined tequila, mezcal, and lemon juice with Tabasco Pepper Sauce before adding tomato puree and finishing off with a spray of Lagavulin 16-year-old malt whisky.

Second place in this round was taken by Evan Rage of London Cocktail Club while in third place was Bruce Govia from Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour in London’s Chinatown.

As well as holding the British title, the two winners will be taken on a three-day trip to New Orleans for the Tales of the Cocktail festival next year.

The judges included Tony Conigliaro, co-owner of London bars 69 Colebrooke Row and Zetter Townhouse, and food and drink writer Charles Campion. They remarked on the high level of creativity and the closeness of the result.

The other finalists were Andrei Marian of Four Sisters in Islington, London, David Ashton Hyde of the Hinds Head in Bray, Berkshire, Jeremy Pascal of The Perkin Reveller by the Tower of London, Kyle Basnett of The Violet Hour in West Didsbury, Manchester, Lee Morris of The Alchemist in Leeds, Matteo Corsalini of China Tang at The Dorchester in London, and Tom Theuermeister of Lost Angel in Battersea, London.


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