Bloody Mary (cocktail)

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Bloody Mary
IBA Official Cocktail
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A Bloody Mary garnished with lemon, carrot, celery, and pitted manzanilla olives. Served with ice cubes and drinking straws in an Old Fashioned glass.
Type Mixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish

Celery stalk or dill pickle spear

Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Add dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper into highball glass, then pour all ingredients into highball with ice cubes. Stir gently. Garnish with celery stalk and lemon wedge (optional).
* Bloody Mary recipe at International Bartenders Association
Bloody Mary

A Bloody Mary is a popular cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and combinations of other spices and flavorings including Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, piri piri sauce, beef consommé or bouillon, horseradish, celery, olives, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt. It has been called "the world's most complex cocktail".[1]

History[edit]

The Bloody Mary's origin is unclear, and there are three conflicting claims of who invented the Bloody Mary.

Fernand Petiot claimed to have invented the Bloody Mary in 1921, well before any of the later claims, while working at the New York Bar in Paris, which later became Harry's New York Bar, a frequent Paris hangout for Ernest Hemingway and other American expatriates.[2] Harry's Bar records its creation of numerous classic cocktails: the White Lady (1919), the Bloody Mary (1921), the Harry's Pick Me Up (1923), the Side Car (1931), the Blue Lagoon (1960), the James Bond (1963) ... and others[3]

James Rollins writes in the "What's True, What's Not" section of his Sigma Force novel 6.5: The Skeleton Key (2010) that the Bloody Mary was invented in the Hemingway Bar at The Ritz Paris.[4] New York's 21 Club has two claims associated with it. One is that it was invented in the 1930s by a bartender named Henry Zbikiewicz, who was charged with mixing Bloody Marys. Another attributes its invention to the comedian George Jessel, who frequented the 21 Club.[5] In 1939, Lucius Beebe printed in his gossip column This New York one of the earliest U.S. references to this drink, along with the original recipe: "George Jessel's newest pick-me-up which is receiving attention from the town's paragraphers is called a Bloody Mary: half tomato juice, half vodka".[6][verification needed]

Petiot also claimed to have invented the Bloody Mary as a refinement to Jessel's drink, when Petiot spoke to The New Yorker magazine in July 1964, saying:

"I initiated the Bloody Mary of today," he told us. "Jessel said he created it, but it was really nothing but vodka and tomato juice when I took it over. I cover the bottom of the shaker with four large dashes of salt, two dashes of black pepper, two dashes of cayenne pepper, and a layer of Worcestershire sauce; I then add a dash of lemon juice and some cracked ice, put in two ounces of vodka and two ounces of thick tomato juice, shake, strain, and pour. We serve a hundred to a hundred and fifty Bloody Marys a day here in the King Cole Room and in the other restaurants and the banquet rooms."[7]

The cocktail was claimed as a new cocktail under the name "Red Hammer" in Life magazine in 1942, consisting of tomato juice, vodka, and lemon juice.[8] Less than a month later in the same magazine, an advertisement for French's worcestershire sauce was suggested to be added to a tomato cocktail.[9] The addition of salt is suggested that same year.[10]

Origin of the name[edit]

The name "Bloody Mary" is associated with a number of historical figures — particularly Queen Mary I of England, who was nicknamed as such in Foxe's Book of Martyrs for attempting to re-establish the Catholic Church in England — and fictional women from folklore. Some drink aficionados believe the inspiration for the name was Hollywood star Mary Pickford.[11] Others trace the name to a waitress named Mary who worked at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood.[12] However, another argument for the origin of "Bloody Mary", that the name in English simply arose from "a failure to pronounce the Slav syllables of a drink called Vladimir"[13] gains some credibility from the observation that the customer at Harry's Bar in Paris for whom Fernand Petiot prepared the drink in 1920 was Vladimir Smirnov, of the Smirnoff vodka family.[14]

Preparation and serving[edit]

In the United States, the Bloody Mary is a common "Hair of the dog" drink, erroneously reputed to cure hangovers due to its combination of a heavy vegetable base (to settle the stomach), salt (to replenish lost electrolytes) and alcohol (to relieve head and body aches). However, the alcohol only numbs the discomfort; only rest, water, and electrolyte replacement can cure a hangover, and the amount of salt traditionally in a Bloody Mary is insufficient to have any real effect.[15][16][17][18][19] Its reputation as a restorative beverage contributes to the popularity of the Bloody Mary in the morning and early afternoon, especially with brunch.[20]

The drink is traditionally served over ice in a tall glass, such as a highball, flared pint or hurricane glass. The two critical ingredients, vodka and tomato juice, are relatively simple; however, the drink almost never consists of these two ingredients alone. Among the more common additions to the juice base are salt (either mixed in or as a salted rim), clam juice or olive brine, cracked pepper, brown sugar or molasses, bitters, horseradish, hot sauce (such as Tabasco), citrus juices (especially lemon or lime), and Worcestershire sauce. Some or all of these ingredients can come pre-mixed with the tomato juice as a single "Bloody Mary mix" to which the vodka is added, or the drink may be hand-constructed by the bartender from raw ingredients according to the patron's preference. A common garnish is a celery stalk when served in a tall glass; other common garnishes include olives, lemon wedges and shrimp (as the taste of the drink is often reminiscent of shrimp cocktail sauce).

There is a considerable amount of variation available in the drink's construction and presentation. In addition to the aforementioned, more traditional ingredients, practically anything can be added to the drink itself or as a garnish according to the drinker's wishes or the bartender's or establishment's traditions. Some variations of the Bloody Mary served by restaurants are designed to be a meal as well as a drink, coming with massive "garnishes" on skewers inserted into the glass, including ribs, miniature hamburger "sliders", grilled or fried shrimp, kebabs, sandwich wedges, fruit slices, and even sashimi. The drink itself can be served in any of a variety of glasses, from wine glasses to schooners or beer steins, according to tradition or availability.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davidson, Max (2011-03-31). "What do you put in your Bloody Mary?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ MacElhone, Andrew & and MacElhone, Duncan (1996) [1986]. Harry's ABC of Mixing Cocktails. Souvenir Press. p. 35. ISBN 0-285-63358-9. 
  3. ^ The History of Harry's New York Bar - Book and Bar's Website article
  4. ^ Rollins, James (2010). "What's True, What's Not". The Skeleton Key. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Smith, Andrew F. (2007). The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc. p. 55. 
  6. ^ Lucius Beebe (December 2, 1939). "George Jessel's newest pick-me-up whcih is receiving attention from the town's paragraphers is called Bloody Mary". New York Herald Tribune. p. 9. 
  7. ^ Park, Michael Y. (1 December 2008). "Happy Birthday, Bloody Mary!". Epicurious. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hollywood goes Russian". Life magazine 13 (8): 38. 1942. 'Red Hammer' is a new Hollywood cocktail. Helene Reynolds mixes one for Bob Turner at her party. It is part tomato juice and part vodka, with a dash of lemon. 
  9. ^ LIFE. Time Inc. 5 October 1942. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Dodge, David (July 1942), "Shear the Black Sheep", Hearst's international combined with Cosmopolitan, Volume 113 (Issue 1): p144, retrieved 15 April 2014, 'A couple of Bloody Marys.' The bartender shook his head. 'You got me, friend.' 'A glass of tomato juice, ice, a slug of vodka and some salt.' 
  11. ^ "Potent pick-me-up". Chicago Tribune. 24 July 2002. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Bloody Marys at 1933 prices just the tonic for NYC Reuters, 2 December 2008
  13. ^ Leigh Fermor, Patrick (November 1, 1976). "Auberon Herbert". In Joliffe, John. Auberon Herbert: A Composite Portrait. Michael Russell. ISBN 978-0859550482.  Cited in Leigh Fermor, Patrick (2003). Cooper, Artemis, ed. Words of Mercury. John Murray. p. 160. ISBN 978-0719561061. 
  14. ^ Samuels, Brian (March 18, 2013). "The History of the Bloody Mary". The Boys Club. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ Shoffner, Robert (2008-07-01). "Here's to the Bloody Mary". The Washingtonian. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  16. ^ "9 Myths About Your Hangover" by Dana Dudepohl, Marie Claire, at WebMD.com
  17. ^ But Does It Actually Cure Hangovers? Cracked.com
  18. ^ Mud in Your Eye; a Sheep's Eye in Your Drink Los Angeles Times, 30 December 2001
  19. ^ Hangovers: There Is A Cure Huffington Post, 29 November 2011
  20. ^ Garbarino, Steve (2011-05-21). "The Bloody Mary Makeover". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 

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