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History of the bloody mary cocktail


Most cocktail experts agree the Bloody Mary cocktail was created in the 1920’s by Fernand Petiot whilst he was working in a bar in Paris

 The name Bloody Mary is thought to be associated with Queen Mary I of England remembered for her “bloody” crusade against Protestants in England and Ireland, whilst trying to restore them to the Catholic faith, which in turn earned her the nickname Bloody Mary.

 The use of a celery stick to garnish a Bloody Mary is  believed to originate in the 1960’s after a customer received their Bloody Mary without a stick for stirring in a hotel bar. As an alternative they picked up a stick of celery from the relish tray to stir their cocktail and the garnish has stayed ever since.

 In the United States, the Bloody Mary is a common hangover remedy. It is thought 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).

 January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day.


The classic recipe consist of:

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. Tomato juice
  • 1 dash lemon juice
  • 2 dashes salt
  • 2 dashes black pepper
  • 2 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Garnish with a Celery Stalk