NATIONAL BLOODY MARY DAY
For all those who celebrated more than they should have, National Bloody Mary Day serves up one of the world’s most popular hangover cures on January 1st.
It would seem the Bloody Mary is the product of several hard day’s nights, lackluster cocktails, and seemingly tasteless liquor.
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 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’s include a variety of ingredients from pickles, olives, and celery to bacon, horseradish, tobacco, and peppers.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBloodyMaryDay
Enjoy a Bloody Mary. 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.
NATIONAL BLOODY MARY DAY HISTORY
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!
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