Cocktail Series: Bloody Mary

You either love it or you hate it. You can see the giant piece of celery sticking out of the glass behind all of the bottomless mimosas. Only the bold order it past brunch/lunch time. If you have an intense hatred for tomato juice, you might want to skip past this recipe. But for our friends who enjoy a beverage with a kick that can be topped with a variety of standout ingredients from celery to whole sandwiches (yes, these exist) then join us as we discuss the Bloody Mary. As it appears to be with most classic cocktails, there are debates surrounding the origin and even the name of this tomato heavy beverage. The top theory points to the 1920s when Fernand “Pete” Petiot at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris began mixing Russian vodka with tomato juice. As time went on and Petiot moved to the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis hotel in New York, Petiot began adding the multitude of spices we see in Bloody Marys today; however, this hangover cure was known as and is still on the King Cole menu as the Red Snapper. Now, what about the name? Well, it’s up to you to pick your favorite source! Many believe the name refers to the infamous Mary Tudor (Mary I of England and Ireland). Another name theory is intertwined with the belief that a man named George Jessel invented the tomato beverage before Petiot. It is said that Jessel was nursing a hangover and mixed up the tomato and vodka concoction when a woman named Mary walked in and spilled a glass filled with the tomato mixture down the front of her white dress, hence Bloody Mary. So what else goes into a Bloody Mary besides tomato juice and vodka? You’ll also need lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. You can throw in other ingredients such as cayenne pepper, celery salt, hot sauce, horseradish, lime juice, etc. The possibilities are truly endless, and you can create the Bloody Mary recipe that best suites your taste! You can go with the classics of celery, olives, and lemon as your toppings, or you can top your glass with your entire brunch. There are Bloody Marys out there with sandwiches, burgers, bacon, chicken, and yes, even donuts. If you do top yours with something new and shocking, make sure to upload a picture to Delectable. Happy drinking!

Grey Goose


The only thing I ever drink. Either this regular or the cherry one with cranapple juice. Love love love it! — 6 years ago

Fifth Generation, Inc.

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Bloody Mary hangover cure and some rugby in the sun. — 7 years ago

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Greatest day in Irish Rugby history. What with the cubs result, Chicago bars must be seriously running low.

Nolet Distillery

Ketel One Vodka

Cause vodka is pretty much vodka if you ask me. This was just what the doctor ordered this a.m. however. 🥔🍅 — 6 years ago

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@Bill Bender agreed it all gets you to the same place Cheers
Shawn R

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Love your style brother!
Martin G Rivard

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One day., when I grow up......I wanna roll just like Bill Bender!!!! @Bill Bender Love you. Brother!


Small Batch Vodka

Exactly what you want vodka to be: tasteless, scentless, clear, with a very subtle sweetness. Great for mixing. — 7 years ago

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Nolet Distillery

Ketel One Vodka

Ketel One Two ways for brunch. I'm going with the extra spicy Clamato based Blody Mary vs. the lemonade and soda. — 7 years ago

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Nothing decent at the pool bar @Paul T. Go figure!
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Whats the water temp? Doing any diving or snorkeling?
Going to be in Cozumel in February,

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Water temp is amazing- high 70's to 80. Snorkeled almost every day. There is a decent reef about 200 yards behind that bottle. Great fish, urchin, and coral display.


Premium Vodka

The Bloody Mary at ONT terminal 4 is good to go. Don't ask me what time it is. — 8 years ago

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