What is a Bloody Mary?
A Bloody Mary is traditionally a tomato juice based cocktail containing vodka and variations of spices. However, in a more modern approach, concentrating mainly on the balance, if you don’t want your main component to be tomato juice then… it doesn’t have to be! Bloody Mary alternatives are taking the cocktail scene by storm, mixing the likes of apple and carrot to create something more sweet and upbeat or beetroot and lemon for a bold and savoury touch.
The origins of the Bloody Mary:
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.
Find out how you can make a Bloody Mary here:
Muddle pepper in base of shaker. Add other ingredients, rock rather than shake with ice and fine strain into ice-filled glass.
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:
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