(Last Updated On: December 21, 2022)


National Bloody Mary Day serves up one of the world’s most popular hangover cures on January 1, the Bloody Mary.


When the Russian Revolution pressed fleeing men into Paris and to Harry’s Bar at The Ritz Hotel, bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot mixed up a cocktail that eventually made its way to post-prohibition America.

According to Food and Drink in American History: “Full Course” Encyclopedia by Andrew F. Smith, the Bloody Mary made its debut in Paris at The Ritz Hotel in 1921. Originally named the Bucket of Blood, it also went by the name Red Snapper. Petiot later left Paris and introduced the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire, cayenne, and salty cocktail to the New York King Cole Bar scene when prohibition ended.

Some attribute the name to the notorious Queen Mary Tudor, who executed hundreds of Protestants in the name of Catholicism during her short five-year reign from 1553 to 1558. Others claim Petiot’s girlfriend of the same name receives the credit.

Today’s Bloody Mary includes a variety of ingredients from pickles, olives, and celery to bacon, horseradish, tobacco, and peppers.


Enjoy a Bloody Mary and use this recipe! Select your favorite combinations and get ready for the new year. Have you tried pickled beans or asparagus? Like its cousin, the Bloody Caesar, the drink has become a smorgasbord of beverage bar. After a while, we begin to wonder whether we order it more for the liquid contents or the edible ingredients. However, if each additional component starts the New Year off right, the day is worth celebrating. Right?

Of course, the best way to celebrate the day is with friends. And remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Use #NationalBloodyMaryDay to share on social media.


As we ponder the origins of this holiday, National Day Calendar staff will nibble on the contents of the beverage. There’s a little something for everyone – a pickle, celery, olives. Oooh, bacon!

Bloody Mary FAQ

Q. What other kinds of cocktails use tomato juice?
A. Tomato juice goes well with a variety of spirits. That’s one of the reasons the Bloody Mary tastes so good. Other cocktails to try include:

  • The Red Snapper, similar to the Bloody Mary in several ways, features gin instead of vodka.
  • For the tequila drinker, try the Tomato Paloma.
  • The Bloody Bull takes savory cocktails a bit further with the addition of beef consummé.
  • Try the Sangrita. This bright cocktail brings sweet pomegranate, orange, and lime juice to the mix in addition to tomato juice.
  • The Bloody Caesar brings clam juice to the mix.

Q. Do I have to add vodka to a Bloody Mary?
A. No. Virgin Bloody Mary’s quite tasty, too.

January 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones publishes the novel Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus anonymously. Written by Mary Shelley, the author’s identity isn’t revealed until three years later when the second edition is published in Paris.


The first immigrants pass through the doors of the Ellis Island Immigration Station. Ellis Island replaced Castle Garden as the new landing depot for immigrants entering the United States via New York.


Entrepreneur C.W. Post of Battle Creek, Michigan introduces Postum Food Coffee. The Coffee substitute is made from wheat, bran, and molasses. Three years later he introduces Post Grape-Nuts cereal.


The Hewlett Packard Company is founded in a garage in Palo Alto, CA by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.


David Dinkins takes the oath of office becoming New York City’s first Black mayor.


The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) mandated hospitals to include no-smoking policies indoors or risk losing accreditation. Loss of accreditations places hospitals at risk of losing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

January 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays 

Paul Revere – 1735

The American patriot is best known for his midnight ride to alert other patriots of British troops. However, a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow leaves out a few names, including William Dawes, Samuel Prescott, Israel Bissell and possibly one other. The last one, Sybil Ludington, leaves some doubt in the mind of historians as no record of her ride exists until much later.

Benjamin Leroy Holt – 1849

The younger brother of the founder of Holt Brothers Company, Benjamin Holt invented the first tractor to use tracks instead of wheels.

William Fox – 1879

In 1915, Fox founded the Fox Film Corporation. He would later establish the Fox West Coast Theatres chain.

Noor Inayat Khan -1914

After joining the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during World War II, Khan was recruited as a Special Operations Executive (SOE) to be a radio operator for the resistance network in occupied Paris. Her mission was to send coded messages back to London. In 1943, the Germans captured her, and they later executed her.

J.D. Salinger – 1919

The American author is best known for the coming of age story The Catcher in the Rye.

James Sinegal – 1936

In 1983, the American businessman founded the warehouse retail chain Costco Wholesale Corporation.

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