The final of the fifth annual Tabasco British Bloody Mary Challenge took place at the The Blind Pig, Social Eating House in London’s Soho.
This year saw an all-female victory for the first time in the event’s history, as 11 bartenders from across the UK travelled to London to compete. Entries included Cajun Ketchup, Bloody Sunday Mary Roast and Tied up Mary.
The judges included Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, food writer Charles Campion, founder of MEATliquor Scott Collins, and Gareth Evans, executive bar manager of The Social Company.
The Classic round was won by Kaiko Tulloch from Edinburgh’s Lucky Liquor Company, who came out on top with her Bloody Mary with a spike of Tabasco Pepper Sauce.
India Blanch from Call Me Mr Lucky (Breakfast Club, London Bridge) took the Alternative award, teaming watercress-infused Ilegal Mezcal, grapefruit and pomegranate juice with black and pink peppercorns, and two different varieties of Tabasco Pepper Sauce to create the Bloody Criminal.
The judges remarked on the ever-increasing level of creativity and mix of flavours on display. Tulloch and Blanch will hold the British title for the next year and will spend three days in New Orleans next summer for craft cocktail event Tales of the Cocktail.