Let’s raise a glass to Angelo Sparvoli, Head Bartender at St James Hotel, who has become this year’s Tio Pepe Challenge UK winner!
The pièce de résistance of Angelo's mixology prowess, 'El Domingo', is the cocktail that helped him come out top at the UK final on 27th March 2023. This meticulously crafted blend is nothing short of a work of art.
In Angelo's own words his entry gets "inspiration from a Bloody Mary, the most popular cocktail for brunch time. I imagined a Sunday lunch with the family, a moment of conviviality where food and wine, in this case a bowl of Gazpacho and a glass of Tio Pepe fino, brings people together."
Cheers to Angelo, and best of luck in Jerez. Let’s see if you can go all the way to be crowned world champion!
EL DOMINGO - Angelo's Winning Cocktail
- 50 ml Tio Pepe Fino Sherry
- 90 ml Plum Tomatoes & Strawberry Water
- 15 ml Rye Sourdough & Verjus Cordial
- 1 dash Olive Bitters
- 3 drops Saline
Pour all the ingredients in a Boston shaker and throw 5 times to allow dilution and aeration of the cocktail. Serve in a highball over clear ice and garnish with a tomato and strawberry cracker.