Feb 262012

January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day.

The Bloody Mary is a popular morning cocktail made with vodka and tomato juice. It may also have various spices and flavorings. Though typically garnished with a celery stalk, it may also have a skewer of assorted vegetables or a large shrimp. Many people believe drinking one will help with a hangover–perfect for the day after celebrating the end of another year.

Though the exact origin is up for debate, it started showing up in bars in the 1920s.

Some variations:

  • Bloody Beer: light beer or lager replaces vodka
  • Bloody Bishop: sherry replaces vodka
  • Bloody Derby: bourbon replaces vodka
  • Bloody Fairy, Red Fairy: absinthe replaces vodka
  • Bloody Geisha, Bloody Ninja: sake replaces vodka
  • Bloody Maria: tequila replaces vodka
  • Bloody Maureen: Guinness replaces vodka
  • Bloody Molly: Irish whiskey replaces  vodka
  • Bloody Murder : gin replaces vodka, black vinegar replaces Worcestershire sauce, wasabi sauce replaces horseradish, served with a cherry tomato pierced with a plastic sword stirrer
  • Bloody Pirate: dark rum replaces vodka
  • Bloody Scotsman: scotch replaces vodka
  • Brown Mary or Whiskey Mary: whiskey replaces vodka
  • Danish Mary or Bloody Dane : Akvavit replacing replaces vodka

Bloody Mary
1-1/2 oz. vodka
3 oz. tomato juice
1 dash lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2-3 drops Tabasco sauce
1 wedge lime

Shake all ingredients (except lime wedge) with ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the wedge of lime and serve.

Bloody Mary not your style? Try one of these!

Bloody Mary Jolly
1/2 glass hot and spicy V8 juice
1/2 glass Clamato juice
1 pinch horseradish
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1 tsp olive juice
1 pinch celery salt
1 pinch pepper
1 shot vodka, optional

Add together in a glass, and stir. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge, chunk of cheese and an olive.

Bloody Maria
1 oz. Tequila
2 oz. tomato juice
1 dash lemon juice
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1 dash celery salt
1 slice lemon

Shake all ingredients (except lemon slice) with cracked ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Add the slice of lemon and serve.


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