Bloody Murder. Ruddy Mary and Bloody Maureen. Whether you like your poison with sake, wasabi and black vinegar or Guinness instead of vodka; there are some deliciously expletive variations on the classic combo of tomato, spice and vodka.
Monday night saw a bit of a bloody Mary-off at Hix Restaurant in Selfridges. We stood about with the likes of Henry Kelly, Patrick Anthony, Nancy Lam and Vanessa Feltz as some of London’s finest bartenders did their thing.
Mark Hix, Charles Campion, Tom Parker Bowles and Nick Strangeway formed the judging panel and Brian Turner compered. I like Brian Turner. He has something of the embarrassing uncle about him – you just know he has some awful jokes up his sleeve and dances terribly to dad rock. I bet he’s good at darts too.
We tucked in to oysters, fish and chips and mini burgers while cheering on Veronika Stranovska (Galvin La Chapelle, Spitalfields) and Christian Watson (St John Restaurant, Clerkenwell) as they mixed up a classic and then their own unique version. My friends and I wanted Paul Tvaroh from Lounge Bohemia to win. This is mainly because when we’d been chatting to him about the influence behind his creations, he went off on a proper ten minute tangent involving the entire storyline of the classic French film “The Hairdresser’s Husband”. Paul’s version involved a sphere of ice that you cracked open like an egg and some salty foam, but what he had really wanted to make was a drink that you squeezed from a toothpaste tube onto a celery stick “toothbrush”. Genius. In the end a very deserving Pete Jeary from Hawksmoor took the prize with his clammy bacon version. All Monday’s should be this fun.
‘Alternative Bloody Mary’ Winner – Pete Jeary aka Shaky Pete (Hawksmoor)
Clam and Bacon Bone Broth – 60ml
Vodka – 30ml
Tabasco Chipotle – 10 drops
Lemon juice – 5ml
Worcestershire Sauce – 2 x drops
Eager Tomato juice – 70ml
Build, stir with ice, stir into Bloody Caesar Glass
‘Alternative Bloody Mary’ recipe for Paul Tvaroh (Lounge Bohemia)
25ml LB toothpaste mix
Tomato juice to taste
25ml celery salt
Shaken, ice ball filled, whisk to air, garnished.