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The Bloody Mary - an iconic libation

The Bloody Mary cocktail boasts a rich and intriguing history that dates back to the early 20th century. Its origins remain somewhat shrouded in mystery, with several theories claiming to be the birthplace of this beloved libation. One popular account traces its roots to 1920s Paris, where an American bartender named Fernand Petiot concocted a mix of vodka and tomato juice at Harry's New York Bar. The drink's striking red color allegedly reminded him of the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago, inspiring the name "Bloody Mary."

Bloody Mary cocktail with Dixie Vodka on wooden table
The Perfect Bloody Mary

Another narrative attributes the creation of the Bloody Mary to comedian George Jessel in the 1930s, who ordered a mix of tomato juice and vodka at a bar, and it quickly caught on as the "Red Snapper." Over the years, variations of the cocktail emerged, with each bartender adding their unique touch by incorporating spices and seasonings.

The Bloody Mary gained significant popularity during the 1940s and 1950s, becoming a staple in American cocktail culture. It was often lauded as a hangover cure or "a little hair of the dog," making it a sought-after choice for late-night revelers. The 1960s saw the introduction of the cocktail to international audiences, solidifying its status as a classic and timeless drink.

Today, the Bloody Mary remains an iconic libation enjoyed worldwide, with countless creative renditions featuring an array of garnishes such as celery stalks, olives, pickles, and even bacon. Its enduring allure lies in its versatility, as it can be tailored to suit individual tastes, making it the quintessential brunch companion and a symbol of conviviality and good times. Whether sipped at an upscale cocktail bar or mixed at home with a favorite recipe, the Bloody Mary continues to leave an indelible mark on cocktail history.

Maddex Mercantile's Bloody Mary

2 ounces Dixie Vodka Black Pepper Vodka

4 ounces Natural Blonde Bloody Mary Mix

2 dashes Pabst Worcestershire Sauce

Sweetfully Pickled Okra or Dilly Beans

Filthy Stuffed Olives

Pickled Shrimp

Celery Spear

2-3 Tbsp Spicewalla Chesapeake Bay Seasoning

Mix Salt and Chesapeake Bay Seasoning together on a flat plate. Wet the rim of a glass and gently 'rim' the glass with the mixture. Set aside

In a shake or other glass, mix vodka, Bloody Mary mix, and Worcestershire sauce. Shake or stir well. Add ice to rimmed glass and pour mixture over the ice. Garnish with pickled veggies, olives, pickled shrimp and celery.

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