A drink beloved by hungover brunch-goers, it’s only appropriate that National Bloody Mary Day is January 1st. It’s a savory, spicy, hair-of-the-dog cocktail with its own snack garnish. What better way to rescue what might otherwise be a sad start to the year following a night of Champagne and revelry?
At its core, the Bloody Mary is a tomato juice-based cocktail. Seasonings include Worcestershire sauce, lemon, and perhaps horseradish or hot sauce. It’s most often strengthened with vodka and then served tall over ice, garnished with a celery stick.
Bloody Marys date back to 1921 when Parisian bartender Fernand Petiot combined liquor with tomato juice over ice. The celery stick wouldn’t come along until the 1960s. According to legend, a customer didn’t want a straw at Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel and was instead given a stick of celery to stir their drink. Since then, bartenders and home drinkers the world over have added all sorts of fun garnishes to join the iconic celery:
The possibilities are endless!
Feel like making your own Bloody Mary, to celebrate this January 1st? Keep reading for one of our favorite recipes below, as well as a handful of variations to suit every palate.
Makes 1 cocktail; can easily be scaled up to a whole pitcher
*While the original recipe calls for vodka, you can substitute just about any clear liquor to your liking.
If you’d prefer tequila to vodka, your Bloody Mary is now a Bloody Maria! Feeling like gin instead? This slightly botanical variation is called a Red Snapper. You can even sub in a Mexican lager to make a Michelada – this works really well with a spicy, salty rim and some lime.
Let your imagination run wild while making your own Bloody Mary! You can spice it up, tone it down, or leave out the alcohol altogether. Bloody Marys are as easy to make for a crowd as they are for just one glass, and we can’t think of a better cocktail to start the new year off right. Cheers to 2022 from all of us at PrestigeHaus!
How do you like to dress up your Bloody Mary?