There are arguably more stories about the origin of the Bloody Mary than any other cocktail in history, with various people claiming to have invented the drink. The original name and official recipe is often disputed. However, the origin of the drink is widely regarded to come from Harry’s New York Bar at 5 Rue Danou in Paris.
In 1921, émigrés fleeing the Russian Revolution began arriving
in Paris, introducing vodka to the city. One bartender at
Harry’s Bar named Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot began experimenting
with the new spirit along with American canned tomato juice.
Petiot created one particular drink that featured vodka, tomato
juice and some seasonings, naming it the
Bucket of Blood, which later became known as the Bloody Mary.
The name Bloody Mary is associated with a number of historical figures, most notably, Queen Mary I of England. The tomato juice in the drink is said to represent the blood shed during her ruthless reign as Queen in the mid-1550s when she was responsible for the executions of many Protestants.
Muddle pepper in base of shaker. Add other ingredients, rock
rather than shake with ice and fine strain into ice-filled
The official garnish used in a Bloody Mary is a stick of celery, but there are a number of more unusual garnishes that are used in recipes around the world including: