Never has there been a cocktail with so much versatility, claims to fame and fun as the Bloody Mary!
This drink hails from Harry's New York Bar in Paris, and was first mixed by "Pete" Petoit. When Pete came back to New York City in the 1930's, he introduced the Red Snapper as America's first Bloody Mary. It was made with Gin, as Vodka was just emerging as a new spirit to American palates.
The name may be attributed to Mary Tudor, the daughter of Henry VIII, who was declared illegitimate when Henry divorced her mother in 1532 to marry Anne Boleyn. She had a brief five year tenure as Queen and managed to kill off most of her Protestant adversaries. She was known as "Bloody Mary".
Another account is that a patron said it reminded him of a girl named Mary he knew at the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago.
Regardless of its origins, the Bloody Mary is a true classic cocktail. It is still alive, refreshing, a great hangover cure, an aperitif, and more creative to the amateur mixer than any drink could be!
You can create your own signature recipe with the addition or subtraction of numerous ingredients. Do you like horseradish? Want to experiment with Wasabi? Hate hot sauce, but love jalepeños? Here is a drink to make you famous among your friends and family!
Many restaurants are now serving Bloody Mary bars. There are lots of boat shaped containers and so many ingenious ways of displaying garnishes, that it feels like a course in your meal by just creating your own Bloody Mary. Here is another area where the home mixologist can be even more creative.
Toppings are the most fun! Try rimming your glass with a mixture of salt and pepper! Dill pickles, pepperocinis, shrimp, celery stalks, big cocktail olives & onions, limes, and even boiled egg slices have been known to garnish this "brunch" drink!