About the Bloody Mary Cocktail
Also known as the ‘hangover cure’ Bloody Mary is a classic cocktail made with a combination of tomato juice and vodka and has many variations.
There are several origin stories of this cocktail, some accounts credit the creation of the Bloody Mary to the 21 Club in New York City. According to this version, the cocktail was invented in the 1930s by a bartender, Henry Zbikiewicz. It was a vodka and tomato juice mixture that later evolved into the modern-day Bloody Mary with the addition of spices.
Another theory links the drink's name to Mary Tudor, the 16th-century Queen of England, known for her ruthless persecution of Protestants. The drink's red colour was said to resemble the bloodshed during her reign, and hence it was named ‘Bloody Mary’.
But the most famous one that can be traced back is of a young bartender named Fernand ‘Pete’ Petiot at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in 1921 where the vodka was brought to Paris by Russians in the early 1920s, escaping the Revolution and the canned tomato juice was brought by Americans which was sold on menus during Prohibition. Here, these two were combined to import flavours, and Petiot’s addition of spices, lemon juice and seasoning, gave birth to this bold cocktail.
- To add an extra layer of flavour, run a lemon or lime wedge around the rim and then dip it into celery salt and a spice mix of your choice.
- For a better experience without having to dilute the drink with ice, chill your glass in the freezer for a short period of time.
- If you like it spicy, you can play around with the hot sauce or other spices like cayenne pepper.
- If you like a frothy texture, you can shake the cocktail. However, we recommend you stir the cocktail for a smoother and milder drink.
- To keep your drink from getting diluted quickly, use large ice cubes.
- If you want it more concentrated or only have a smaller ice cube tray at hand, you can also freeze tomato juice instead of regular water. This is bound to however alter the taste very mildly.
- If you’re up for experimentation, use pepper-flavoured vodka or you could also infuse your vodka with herbs or spices of your choice.
- Pour salt on the plate
- Use a lemon wedge to rub over the glass rim
- Tap the glass rim on the salt to cover it with salt
- Add celery pieces to the glass and muddle them
- Squeeze two lime wedges and pour the juice along with the squeezed wedges into the glass
- Add 3-4 cubes of ice
- Add 7-8 drops of Worcestershire sauce
- Add 5 drops of Tabasco sauce
- Add 120 ml Tomato juice
- Add 60ml vodka
- Float the vodka on top of tomato juice
- Garnish using a celery stick
- Add Cherry tomato and pickles on a stick as garnish
- Add half a slice of Sicilian lemon Garnish