The Bloody Mary cocktail is one of the best-known cocktails in the world, prized for its ability to cure even the worst hangover. This magical elixir contains vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, fresh Lemon / Lime juice, salt and Pepper, and celery for garnish. Some variations of it include olives, shrimp, tomatoes, and even bacon as garnishes. A salad in a glass if you ask me… It’s great for any season and weather and you can’t go wrong with it. After all, It’s a vegetable-based liquor-soaked nutritional breakfast and hangover cure all in one and it’s one of few cocktails that are socially acceptable to drink in the morning.
The first mention of the Bloody Mary cocktail dates from 1921, where the French bartender Fernand Petiot claims he had invented it at The New York Bar in Paris, which later became Harry’s New York Bar. The original cocktail was made only with vodka and tomato juice, and it was called “Bucket of Blood “. Awesome name by the way… 😀
New York’s 21 Club also has a couple of claims associated with the legendary cocktail. One is that bartender Henry Zbikiewicz invented it in the 1930s. And another attributes its invention to the comedian George Jessel, who frequented the 21 Club. In the end, we’re still not sure who to thank for inventing the cocktail, and the same goes for its name. Some believe it’s associated with Queen Mary I of England, who was nicknamed “Bloody Mary “. Others trace the name to a waitress named Mary who worked at a bar in Chicago, called “Bucket of Blood “. One day we may know for sure, but until then we’re just going to enjoy the drink. Cheers. 😉
On the list of IBA Official Cocktails.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) of Vodka
- About 3/4 of an ounce (25 ml) of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
- Few dashes of Tabasco sauce
- A teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- Tomato Juice
- Salt and Pepper
- Garnish with celery and a lemon/lime wedge (optional – olives, shrimp, bacon, tomatoes).
- Find a shaker and add all ingredients.
- Fill it up with ice and shake
- Strain it into a Highball glass or a Collins glass over ice.
- Garnish and enjoy.