It's October. The month of Halloween. And in honor of Halloween, let's talk about the goriest cocktail of all: the Bloody Mary.
You'll be hard pressed to find someone who isn't familiar with the Bloody Mary cocktail, but where did it originate? How did it get its name? Let State & Allen share a few fun facts on the Bloody Mary that we were able to dig up:
Where did the Bloody Mary Originate?
Let’s just get one thing straight right off the bat: the origins of the Bloody Mary are as convoluted as the drink itself. Many have laid claim to the Bloody Mary over the years, but most believe it was first concocted at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, France. (Yep, an American actually had a New York bar dismantled and rebuilt in Paris during Prohibition times. Props to him.) Bartender Pete Petriot began experimenting with vodka, tomato juice, and a plethora of spices, and the Bloody Mary was born. In 1933, Petriot moved to New York to be the head bartender at the St. Regis’s King Cole Bar in New York, and the drink continued to grow in popularity in the United States.
Where did it get it’s name?
When Petriot originally created the drink, it was called the Bucket of Blood. Appetizing right?! In search of a more appealing name, Patriot renamed the drink the Red Snapper upon arrival at the St. Regis's bar. And as for the name Bloody Mary...there are conflicting reports. Most agree the name has ties to Queen Mary of England, known for her gruesome executions and most likely came about as the drink spread through Europe.
Can a Bloody Mary cure a Hangover?
Since its origins, it’s been hailed a hangover cure. While there is little research to support this, it’s still worth a shot, right?! You can find the only Bloody Mary Bar in Uptown Dallas at State & Allen each weekend during our brunch hours – 10am-2pm. We’ll have all the fixins; you create the drink just as you like it!
Wow your friends with a little Bloody Mary trivia, and come see us at State & Allen for Bloodys, mimosas, and the best brunch in Dallas!