Bloody Mary is an extremely popular cocktail drink that is made using a combination of tomato juice, vodka, and various spices and flavorings like Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, horseradish, Peri-Peri sauce, olive, celery, beef consommé or bouillon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, celery salt, and lemon juice. It is popularly known as the ‘most complex cocktail in the world’.
History of Bloody Mary
The origin of Bloody Mary is actually quite unclear. Fernand Petiot claims to have concocted this drink during this tenure of work at New York Bar in 1921, which later came to be known as Harry’s New York Bar. It used to be a frequent hangout for celebrities like Ernest Hemingway and many others.
Origin Of Its Name
The term ‘Bloody Mary’ is often related to a large number of historical personalities such as England’s Queen Mary I, as well as various fictional characters from folklore.
A number of drink aficionados believe that the name was inspired from the famous Hollywood actress Mary Pickford. Various other stories trace the origin of the name to Mary, a waitress who worked at a bar known by the name Bucket of Blood in Chicago.
Nothing can be better than Bloody Mary and its spicy tomato flavor on a cold day in the morning when you are suffering from a terrible hangover. You can adjust the spiciness of the cocktail according to your liking, by adding lesser or more hot sauce.
Though Bloody Mary is usually garnished using celery stalk, it can also be embellished using pickle spear or both as well. If you are looking for the non-alcoholic version of this drink, you can go for a Virgin Mary.
Just prepare a pitcher full of the Bloody Mary using the recipe given below and you will be ready to throw a party for your friends with this much adored cocktail within minutes.
Tomato Juice – 3 oz
Vodka – 1½ oz
Lemon juice – ½ oz
Worcestershire sauce – 1 dash
Hot Pepper sauce
Celery stalk or pickle spear
Lime or Lemon Wedge for Garnishing
Mix together all the liquid ingredients together and blend together well. Place ice cubes in a highball glass and pour the liquid mixture on top of them. Add the seasoning according to your taste. Garnish using lime or lemon wedges and celery stalk.
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Preparation and Serving
Bloody Mary can be garnished with celery, lemon, cheese, olive, as well as cold cuts. It shoes ideally be served in a high ball glass on-the-rocks. Blood Mary is often used for treating hangovers if served in mornings.
In United States, Bloody Mary is quite a popular choice of drinks in restaurants serving brunch. Though there is nothing complex about mixing tomato juice with vodka, but many bartenders who serve this drink have come up with more elaborate versions which delight the customers even more. Celery stalk is the most common ingredient used for garnishing in Bloody Mary, when it is served over ice in a tall glass.
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