Tony the Tiger wins Bartender Competition

Tony Pearman, the chief barman at Newcastle’s latest cocktail bar has wowed judges at Pinky Vodka’s Bartender Competition with his newly created cocktail, The Bridget Jones.

Tony, who leads a team of nine mixologists at Tiger Hornsby, Quayside beat off some stiff competition in the national contest. The pink-coloured, vodka-based cocktail was served to guests at the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards held in London earlier this month.

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Taking its name from the fictional character and most notably portrayed on film by Renee Zellweger “The cocktail is a love triangle between sloe, juniper and basil, which put me in mind of Bridget with Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver. I took those three ingredients and added fresh juniper, sugar, lemon, cranberry and egg white – like Bridget, it’s fun, it’s a bit cheeky and it’s totally loveable.”

At just 28 years of age, the cocktail’s creator, Tony has enjoyed 11 competition successes in just 18 months and you could be his latest cocktail inspiration! The bar is inviting female customers to enter a prize draw to win a specially created cocktail of their own. The bespoke cocktail will be named after them and they will be able to enjoy it free of charge at Tiger Hornsby throughout December. Entries close on 31 November.

Tiger Hornsby is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, where you can try out The Bridget Jones for yourself!

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