Celebrate National Bloody Mary Day


Surely we all know, there is an insane amount of variations for a Blood Mary and no two are made equal. From adding maple bacon to making it super spicy, the opportunities are endless. One thing is for certain, people love this hangover cure! 


This recipe is just a base for a Bloody Mary. It can be customized in multiple ways such as switching out Tabasco for your favorite hot sauce or throwing in some horseradish.

Many people like to spice it up by adding garlic, paprika, and other seasonings.

There are even variations like the Bloody Caesar which adds Clamato (Clam Juice), the Bloody Maria which is made with Tequila, the Bloody Pirate made with dark spiced rum, and the Bloody Geisha that uses sake instead of vodka.

Then for those that don’t like tomato juice, there is a variation called a Bloodless Mary that is made with tomato water instead. No matter what your preference is, there is some version out there for you. 

A Brief History:


We can thank a comedian by the name of George Jessel for mixing tomato juice and vodka and creating what would become known as a Bloody Mary.

It wasn’t until a man named Fernand Petiot, who worked at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in the 1920s, would make his way back to the United States and create the Bloody Mary how we know it today.

In 1934 Petiot started working at the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City where some New Yorkers would complain about the original mixture being bland. He was asked to liven up the cocktail and that’s when the pepper, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce was added. For those that wanted a bit more of a kick, he would add a dash of Tabasco.

As the years have gone by since the creation of the Bloody Mary it has been reinvented time and time again, but the base of tomato juice and vodka will always remain a staple in the cocktail scene.

Some attribute the name to notorious Queen Mary Tudor who executed hundreds of Protestants in the name of Catholicism during her short five-year reign from 1553 to 1558. Others claim Petiot’s girlfriend of the same name receives the credit.


Random Fact

It's a hangover cure because the salt helps replenish electrolytes, the vegetable base settles the stomach, and the alcohol relieves that a stubborn headache and body ache one experiences while hungover.

So, if the New Year started a little rough for you, make yourself one of these, and keep on keeping on. 2018 has just begun, so look out for many more Drink Holidays to celebrate! 

The Happy Hour City team would love to know how you like your Bloody Mary. Drop us a comment below telling us how you give your Bloody Mary more life.

Cheers from,

Happy Hour City