Pollen Street and LAB bartenders win Tabasco Bloody Mary Challenge21st November, 2012 by Becky Paskin
The Tabasco British Bloody Mary Challenge has crowned this yearâ€™s winners as bartenders from Londonâ€™s Pollen Street Social and LAB bar.
Gareth Evans, bar manager of Michelin-starred chef Jason Athertonâ€™s Pollen Street Social won the award for Best Classic Bloody Mary with his drink (recipe below).
Meanwhile Marco Piroli of Sohoâ€™s LAB bar won the award for the Best Alternative Bloody Mary, named Mary & The Soldiers (recipe also below) although Ali Reynolds from steak restaurant chain Hawksmoor came a close second.
The competition, held at Bar Americain at Brasserie Zedel in London, was judged by journalists Charles Campion, Kate Spicer and Tristan Oâ€™Hana, and Spuntino and Polpo owner Russell Norman.
â€śThese are some of the best mixologists in the UK, their professionalism and ability is outstanding, it really was a difficult judging process,â€ť said Campion.
Both bartenders win a trip to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail 2013.
Gareth Evansâ€™ Classic Bloody Mary Recipe
35ml Absolut vodka
125ml sundance tomato juice
2 dash Tabasco
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.
Marco Piroli’s Alternative Bloody Mary Recipe
30ml garlic infused vodka
15ml punt e mes
15ml lemon juice
125ml tomato juice
Pinch of black pepper, celery salt and sugar
7 drop of Tabasco original
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.