Bloody Mary is perhaps one of the most popular classic cocktails in the world. Alcohol enthusiasts across the globe are enamored with this cocktail that was born out of the unlikely combination of tomato juice and vodka. In the recent years, the drink has come to be associated with the lazy Sunday brunch. Americans, who also invented the brunch (bless them) started the tradition of downing these blood red drinks, along with waffles and pancakes, as a cure for hangovers, ironically enough. Also Read - Kerala Govt Allows Reopening of Bars, Beer Parlours and Other Toddy Shops Adhering to COVID-19 Norms
The light alcohol in a Bloody Mary that also contains spices, is said to be a good cure for hangovers. However, we’d advise you to keep away from drinking one too many of them, if you’re too sloshed. It might feel like it’s helping for some time, but you’ll regret it some time later. Coming to the origin story- how exactly was this amazing drink born? The Bloody Mary has some fascinating history attached to it and there are several different stories about how exactly the drink was invented, by whom and when. ALSO READ: Long Island Iced Tea: The fascinating story behind the invention of this sneaky cocktail Also Read - 'In The Memory of The Man of Pleasure': Alcoholic Drink Named After Pakistan Founder Jinnah
The origins of the Bloody Mary can be traced to the city of love and light, Paris. The place of origin of this iconic drink is believed to be Harry’s New York Bar at 5 Rue Danou. Harry’s was opened in 1911, the days of the Prohibition in America, when all consumption and sale of liquor was banned. Harry’s became the go-to place of all alcohol-starved Americans visiting Paris. Around 1920, political refugees of the Russian Revolution began turning up in Paris, bringing vodka and caviar with them. ALSO READ: 10 DIY cocktails for a boozy romantic Valentine’s date night Also Read - Bizarre! 100-Year-Old Chinese Man Says a Lifetime of Smoking & Boozing is The Secret to His Long Life
Harry’s bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot started experimenting with the Russian spirit, which he thought was rather tasteless and bland. Petiot had also been recently been introduced to the American canned tomato juice, thanks to the Bar’s patrons from the States. Petiot took the two ingredients and put them together, to make what started out as being called ‘tomato juice cocktail’ when it was introduced on the bar’s menu. Petiot’s original recipe had some seasonings as well, and the drink caught on pretty fast, thanks especially to the Americans in Paris at that time. ALSO READ: How to make mulled wine, spiked monk’s coffee & Blue Blazer cocktails at home
Petiot eventually started serving his winner of a cocktail at King Cole Bar at the St. Régis Hotel in New York, as a hangover cure called the “Red Snapper”. King Cole Bar still sells the original recipe, that also contains black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt as seasonings. The drink began to be called the Bloody Mary after Mary Tudor, Mary 1 of England and Ireland, who’s reign would go down in history for the notorious killings of Protestants. American novelist and journalist Ernest Hemingway, who was known to be quite taken by the drink, is also said to have played a big role in popularizing the Bloody. ALSO READ: Gin and Tonic: The fascinating story behind the invention of the classic English cocktail
So the next time you’re at a bar knocking a few Mary’s down and marveling about the genius of the person who first thought about mixing tomato juice with alcohol, raise a toast to the Russians, the Americans and also to Petiot and Hemingway, who made sure that this concoction reached you, all the way from the other side of the globe.
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