Hub bartender takes Chopped “Best Bloody Mary” first place for “The Hell Mary”AS

Arley Howard, head bartender, took the local Chopped Best Bloody Mary competition first place for his creation of “The Hell Mary.” This weekend, Oct. 18, he heads to Manhattan to compete for the U.S. title at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.

Only the country’s top 12 winning bartenders were invited to compete. Arley’s drink will be showcased at a sold out Food Network brunch for 850 guests at the New York Hilton. Guests will cast votes and final judging for Best Bloody Mary in America will be by the folks from “CHOPPED.”

This is the winning recipe:

Top of the Hub’s THE HELL MARY
By Arley Howard

• 2 parts ABSOLUT 80
• Yellow Heirloom Tomato Puree
• Roasted Scotch Bonnet
• Raisin Puree

Fill a highball glass with ice, add 2 oz. ABSOLUT 80, yellow heirloom tomato puree, roasted scotch bonnet, raisin puree. Stir, garnish with a baked Orange rind, Enjoy and raise a toast to Arley’s winning the national title!

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