With hundreds of different variations as well as an almost equal number of myths surrounding this drink, it’s been known as the world’s most complicated cocktail. It’s not that complicated at all to be fair, but given the sheer number of different possibilities you can go about creating it, it can certainly seem intimidating. No one really knows where exactly the drink came from – the most common story was that it was created at the New York Bar in Paris during the 1920’s, famous as a local watering hole for Ernest Hemingway, but there have been claims to the contrary. Regardless, a glance at the Bloody Mary’s components indicates that the drink was probably invented as a hangover cure. There haven’t been any scientific confirmations that it does work as such, but irregardless Bloody Mary’s are refreshing just about anytime of day.
We offer a basic, no-frills version of it below:
A Bloody Mary
2 parts vodka
3-4 dashes Tabasco sauce (more if you prefer spicier)
4-6 dashes worcestershire sauce (we prefer Lea & Perrins)
juice of half a lemon
pinch of salt
pinch of black ground pepper
Tomato juice (we prefer R.W. Knudsen Family)
Combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice, topping off with the tomato juice. Stir to mix, then garnish with a stick of celery, dill pickle, or a wedge of lemon and serve.