One of the oldest and most famous vodka cocktails in the United States was the bloody mary drink and its popularity reigns even today. The smooth texture of vodka and a good mix of tomatoes with other ingredients make bloody mary a unique, tasteful and colorful cocktail. It is very appropriately used – as an after tea and before dinner drink, with snacks and over a brunch.
Like almost all cocktails, BM has no dearth of history and origin facts attached to it. It is widely believed that BM was a signature drink served in at a bar named Bucket of Blood in 1920s, some claim it is named after the Queen Mary. However, there are two stories which are more accepted as the origin of this savage name. One’s details being that the drink was created by a songwriter who was also a producer – Mr. George Jesse. G. Jessel was a model of the Smirnoff ads and he pronounced himself the inventor and creator of this cocktail drink. In 1939, the New York Herald had a column written by Lucius Beebe who claimed that bloody mary was the most recent attraction – which is an exotic blend of vodka and tomato juice.
The other claim re its origin and history is that – A bartender of American origin working in Harry’s New York Bar in the nineteen’s in Paris. He initially used to serve the drinks with tomato juice and tomato but the Petiot brought about a makeover in the recipe of this BM drink. He added Worcestershire, Tabasco sauce, pepper and spiced up its taste for the Americans or to be specific, for the New Yorkers. Petiot, the American bartender at Bucket of Blood named it as BM. He said his customers came up with this name bloody mary as it reminded them of the club bar.
The classic bloodymary recipe
Just as there are as many recipes of roasting chicken as the number of women in the world, so goes the same for recipes for BM drinks. There are as many recipes as the bartenders. Here is a classic and a basic one.
3 ounces tomato juice
2 ounces vodka
2 drops Tabasco sauce
½ ounce lemon juice
3 measures of Worcestershire sauce
Black pepper and Salt
Give it all a good shake, if you like you can use a shaker with ice. Strain and pour it in a glass (high ball glass) Garnish it with a celery stalk or a wedge of a lemon. You may
also use your imagination and satisfy your own taste by using different ingredients for garnishing such as – mushrooms, cheese, pickles, pickled onions, shrimps, salami, your favorite vegetables etc.
With this basic recipe you can have many variations. One quality of BM is– that it is very versatile and lends its flavors to many variations. Different vodkas or even different base spirits can be used to make different concoctions. One can use lime juice instead of lemon, tomato juice can be replaced by Clamato, and some may like to add a teaspoon or two of horseradish to the cocktail. Non drinkers can have without any base liquor.
Let your mind and imagination run wild and add and subtract recipe drinks to make a variety of bloody mary drinks and cocktails.