A variety of different women named Mary have been associated with this popular cocktail over the years. Some believe that it was inspired by the Hollywood starlet Mary Pickford. Others say that it was actually named after a waitress named Mary that served them at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood. (That name doesn't particularly make us thirsty!)
The name that is most often associated with the Bloody Mary cocktail is Queen Mary I of England. She ruthlessly ruled over her people n the mid 1550's. Bloody Mary was the nickname she was known by, and pertaining to the drink, the tomato juice represents the blood spilled during her reign, and the vodka, or "firewater," is symbolic of the queen's brutal nature and means of executing people.
As we discuss the most likely inventor of this cocktail below, you'll discover that "Bloody Mary" isn't the only name it is known by.
According to Wikipedia, a few different bartenders claim the Bloody Mary is their creation, but during our research, the following story seemed to be the most popular.
The earliest claim to creating the Bloody Mary came from Fernand "Pete" Petiot in 1921. He was working at the New York Bar located in Paris when he decided to combine tomato juice and vodka. He also lays claim to a couple of other popular drinks, the White Lady and the Side Car.
Petiot found the original drink to be a bit bland for his tastes, so he began experimenting, adding various seasonings, juices, and sauces until he came up with something more like what we are used to today.
He brought it to America after Prohibition to the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. It quickly became a favorite, and was soon dubbed as a delicious cure for hangovers. The name was changed to "Red Snapper" as to not offend the more delicate American sensibilities. To this day, you can still order a Red Snapper at the St. Regis Hotel, but everywhere else, it's still most commonly known as a Bloody Mary.
Shorty Pants Cajun Bloody Mary
As with most of the delicious items on our Lake of the Ozarks Cajun restaurant's menu, we've added a touch of Creole flavor to our famous Cajun Bloody Marys. Our secret mix of seasonings, spices, and garnishes make our version of this classic cocktail the perfect drink to sip on before you head out for an afternoon on the water. It's also great for savoring as you watch the sun go down over the gorgeous lake view from our waterfront deck.
Come on in to Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina and give our Cajun Bloody Mary a try. Our bar also features many other amazing mixed drinks for you to enjoy, a wonderful wine selection, and the coldest beer at the lake. Cheers!
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