Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy National Bloody Mary Day

Bloody MaryToday is National Bloody Mary Day.  I can only speculate as to why the first day of the year was chosen to honor to tomatoey cocktail.  Perhaps it has something to do with the idea that New Year's Eve is a heavy drinking holiday, and the Bloody Mary is fabled to be a hangover remedy.

By the way, there's no clinical or scientific evidence to support the anecdotal claim that the Bloody Mary can cure hangovers. Still, the commonly held folk belief and the mass consumption of the beverage by New Year's Eve party goers, awakening the next day, may have made January 1st seem like a natural day to salute the beverage.

There's some dispute over the origin of the Bloody Mary. The most widely accepted theory is that it was invented, in 1921, at one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite haunts in Paris, Harry's New York.  Supposedly, when bartender, Fernand Petiot, first mixed vodka with tomato juice the concoction reminded him a girl name Mary, whom he'd known at the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago.  Thus, it was given the name Bloody Mary.

However, others maintain the cocktail n question was invented 9 years later by comedian George Jessel, who frequented the 21 Club.  Some Epicurean historians have reconciled the two theories by claiming Petiot's drink was merely a combination of vodka & tomato juice, but it was Jessel who came along later and added the seasonings & celery garnish, making it the drink we know today.

No matter what you believe about its beginnings, the fact remains that this spicy fresh tasting vitamin rich cocktail, along with it crunchy stalk of palette cooling celery, has become a mainstay at countless bars, clubs, and parties.  Of course, over the decades numerous variations have emerged, including, but certainly not limited to some of the following recipes.

A Bacon Bloody Mary

A Dirty Sriracha Bloody Mary

A Cajun Bloody Mary

A Beer Based Bloody Mary  (My friend Michael H. drinks these, but with V8 juice, and swears by them.)

A Sweet Basil Bloody Mary 

Like I said though, in a recent pizza review, I prefer mine to be made as follows.
Bloody Mary Recipe

This is just the way I like it.

  • 3 oz tomato juice
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • celery salt
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • celery stalk for garnish
  • Coat the rim of rim of a highball glass with celery salt
  • Build the first 3 liquid ingredients in glass over ice cubes
  • Add Tabasco & Worcestershire sauces & stir well
  • Garnish with celery
Whether you like yours smoky, spicy, hoppy, sweet, or traditional, there's undoubtedly a Bloody Mary out there somewhere with your name on  it.   Bottoms up! :-)

Bloody Mary recipe prints individually as page 3 for your fridge or recipe file.

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