Who makes the best Bloody Mary? That question has been answered, when twelve mixologists competed to win the Tabasco British Bloody Mary Challenge 2011.  Representing a wide variety of bars, the talented twelve were chosen from over 60 entries across the UK and they stirred up plenty of excitement in Mark’s Bar, Hix Brewer Street, London.

Judges (Food writers Charles Campion and Tom Parker Bowles, legendary mixologist Nick Strangeway and the eponymous Mark Hix) had to select one winner in two categories – the Classic Bloody Mary and the Alternative Bloody Mary. It was no easy task with ingredients ranging from smoked paprika, beetroot infused vodka, soy sauce, fresh basil, garlic, beef jerky and, of course, Tabasco in its many flavours.

And the winners? Best Classic Bloody Mary 2011 went to Roman Foltan of The Langham Hotel, London. Robin Webb, mixologist for 64thand Social, Clapham walked away with the prize for best Alternative Bloody Mary 2011.

“The competition was extremely close”, said Charles Campion, “we had lively debates over one or two as the standard was so high, but after revisiting all entries, these two had the edge. Roman’s balance of flavours was just perfect and Robin’s recipe and presentation were inspirational”.

Both winners will celebrate their success with a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana – home of Tabasco Pepper Sauce.



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