North Bar, Leeds - The Bloody Mary Challenge

I love a good Bloody Mary. They have a genuine, physical, restorative power to them that can pull you from the depths of a hangover in the time it takes to drain a glass. They're also the perfect cocktail, a balancing act of flavours, textures, salt, sweet, seasoning and spice that comes together to create something greater than the sum of its parts.

You may have guessed that I like Bloody Marys. A lot. Which is why I've embarked on a quest to find the best Bloody Mary in the country, I've called it The Bloody Mary Challenge in a flagrant rip-off of The Scotch Egg Challenge, a great event run by a fellow blogger, Scotch Egg Maestro, and nice bloke, David J Constable.

First up is the Bloody Mary from one of the best beer bars in the country, and a favourite haunt of mine, North Bar in Leeds.

Bloody Mary from North Bar, Leeds

Ingredients: Horseradish steeped Vodka, Port Wine, Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice, Celery Salt, Worcester Sauce, Tabasco, Black Pepper, Ice. Garnished with a celery stick and fresh lemon slices.

Score: 8.5/10

Comments: What a way to start. This is an excellent Bloody Mary. It's got a really nice warmth from that Horseradish Vodka which permeates it's flavour throughout the drink. There's also plenty of heat from the Tabasco, and not too much Worcester. Sweet, salty, peppery, umami laden. It's restoration in a glass.

Matt mentioned that you can adjust it to your own preference, and if I could change it in one way I'd possibly reduce the amount of black pepper ,as its quite roughly ground and catches you off guard every now and again. A minor niggle though, and all in all an excellent version.

So, who's next?


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