The Wheatsheef

Cotswolds Bloody Mary Competition 2011

It was clear, it came in a Martini glass and the dominant taste was cucumber. It was, and I kid you not, a Bloody Mary. It was the most unusual cocktail from the 13 entrants at the third annual Cotswold Life Bloody Mary competition, held at the Wheatsheaf Inn, in Northleach. This year the Hollow Bottom Pub in Guiting Power was the worthy winner but it was the clear drink made from strained tomatoes that put judges gardener Sir Roddy Llewellyn, television star Dom Joly, Daily Telegraph hotel critic Fiona Duncan and Cotswold Life columnist Adam Edwards in a dither. After checking the dictionary – and the Savoy Cocktail Book – it was ruled ineligible although it was given an honorary mention by Cotswold Life editor Mike Lowe, who presented the prestigious trophy.

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