The Bloody Mary was supposedly created at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris for Earnest Hemingway, who was a frequent customer. Hemingway was looking for a drink that would mask the scent of alcohol on his breath because his wife wasn’t allowing him to drink at the time. The bartender proceeded to concoct something similar to what we now call a Bloody Mary. There are also several stories about how this cocktail got its name. A popular tale is that it was named after Mary Tudor (Queen of England 1553-58) who received the nickname “Bloody Mary” after burning more than 300 religious nonconformists at the steak in an effort to restore the Roman Catholic faith. Tasty.
This drink seems appropriate for the time, being Halloween and all. Western folklore suggests that the ghost of Bloody Mary appears in a mirror when her name is called three times. However, I didn’t choose the drink for this reason. I’ll be drinking Bloody Marys this weekend because my football team has a very big and very nerve-wracking game tomorrow, and I’ll need something to take the edge off prior to kickoff.
2 oz. vodka
4 oz. tomato juice
¼ oz. fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp. horseradish
4 dashes Tobasco
Pinch of celery salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and roll back and forth to mix. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass or red wine glass. Garnish with wedge of lemon and celery stick. For a Bloody Caesar, substitute clamato juice for tomato juice.
Alter this recipe as you see fit, everyone puts their own spin on a Bloody Mary.