Why do people like Bloody Mary cocktails

Everything about the Bloody Mary

Maybe the father was a flamboyant actor, maybe a Parisian immigrant with roots in the "Harry’s New York Bar" in his hometown, you don’t know for sure. The mother's name, however, was apparently Maria. In the case of Bloody Mary, too, success has many fathers - or those who want to be. Whoever this success only with the qualities of the drink as Pick-me-up dismisses, but does him an injustice and also does himself no good, after all, hungover tongues and palate can only scratch the surface of the taste experience.

In the beginning, the latter was still far from today's finesse and the drink was just randomly poured vodka and tomato juice. At least that is what one of the two self-proclaimed inventors of the cocktail, the actor, claimed George Jessel. He was unlucky professionally - he rejected the leading role in the world's first sound film "The Jazz Singer" from - but it was a fixed star of the US party scene from the "Roaring Twenties" until the 1980s.

In his autobiography "The World I Lived In," Jessel dated the moment of Bloody Mary's birth on a morning in Palm Beach in 1927, almost exactly at 8 o'clock. However, stocks were already somewhat exhausted - and the group also decided to play a volleyball match at 9.30 a.m. Reason enough for a pick-me-up. That is why they reached for the last untouched bottle, an unknown spirit that Jessel called »Vodkee« was presented.

The actor found them "pretty hot," with a "smell of rotten potatoes." They wanted to 'kill off' this smell with tomato juice, following the motto: 'We've already tried everything else, boys; We might as well try it out. ”Just then, the department store heiress Mary Brown Warburton had joined the group, in a white evening gown. The mixture she had just devised landed on that one a little later, whereupon she exclaimed: "Now you can call me Bloody Mary, George!" Giordano Bruno's old wisdom applies: If it's not true, then it's well made.

The fact that in the USA in the late 1920s there was little to do with vodka and therefore wanted to "kill" it with tomato juice is a thoroughly credible description: the years of prohibition with their illegal booze have left in the USA a skepticism towards clear spirits, the traces of which can still be found today. The name of the cocktail allegedly goes back to the prohibition years, more precisely to a waitress named Mary from the infamous "Bucket of Blood" bar in Chicago - and not to Mary Tudor, who acquired the same title as Queen of England through the persecution of Protestants would have.

The trail leads to Paris

The fact that Jesse’s story was well made up at best stood for father number two Fernand Petiot, clearly stuck. The bartender of the “King Cole Bar” in the “St. Regis Hotel "in Manhattan stated in an interview with the" New Yorker "in 1964:" I created the Bloody Mary of today. "Even though he admitted Jessel to the role of obstetrician:" Jessel said he created it, but it was really nothing more than vodka with tomato juice when I took it over. "

In other interviews, however, Petiot was no longer so sure whether he had taken over the cocktail or perhaps invented it himself - even in his home town of Paris in the 1920s as a bartender apprentice in the "New York Bar" there. which later became the legendary "Harry’s New York Bar" should be downwards with their clientele from Ernest Hemingway.

Admittedly: Back then, as now, you can only get a Bloody Mary in the "King Cole Bar" if you have one Red snapper ordered - allegedly because the then hotel owner Vincent Astor wanted to protect his guests from "vulgar associations". In most other bars around the world, you can get the variant of the cocktail mixed with gin under the name Red Snapper. As always: to vary the Bloody Mary as you see fit is not heresy, but a virtue.

Especially on the US east coast, preparation with one or more shots of clam juice (mussel stock) is popular and worth trying - often under the name Bloody Caesar. The use of “V8” juice or comparable creamy vegetable juices instead of pure tomato juice in “Uncle Bob’s Bloody Mary” also gives a charming touch. The variations are endless and are constantly being enriched with other varieties, even if the recipe from the “King Cole Bar” remains the most common mix with good reason.

“We've tried everything else, guys; we might as well try that out. " George Jessel "The World I Lived In"

Answer to all worries

And even if Petiot didn't invent the Bloody Mary, he made it popular in his own 30 years behind the bar of the New Yorker »St. Regis «definitely. As early as the late 1930s, especially in the society columns of the major US newspapers, there were repeated reports that Hollywood stars and other celebrities swore by the new creation. A few years later, the drink had already arrived in the middle of society and became common knowledge: as early as 1956, for example, the staid House & Garden Magazine praised the Bloody Mary as "Answer to all the worries of the next day".

Trinity Mary

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