Bloody Mary – Not a Good Morning Cocktail
As a Corpse Reviver, the Bloody Mary is supposed to help alleviate the after-effects of too much alcohol after a night of drinking. Since it relies on further alcohol for this purpose, it is comparable to the well-known counter beer. However, as a real remedy for a hangover is suitable only in its non-alcoholic form – Virgin Bloody Mary. To do this, omit the vodka and replace it with more tomato juice.
The numerous variants of the Bloody Mary
If you prepare the long drink with gin instead of vodka*, you get a Red Snapper. This was also invented by the father of the Bloody Mary, the bartender Fernand Petoit. When he returned to the U.S. after Prohibition was repealed, vodka was not yet available in the States and Petoit had to turn to gin when he found employment in the King Cole Room of New York’s St. Regis Hotel.
If you take clamato juice instead of tomato juice, you get a Bloody Ceaser. Clamato juice is a mixture of tomato juice and clam broth, available mainly on the American market.
Another version is the Bloody Maria. Sounds quite similar, but is prepared with tequila* and finished with honey mustard. And if you order a Bloody Geisha, you get sake in your tomato juice instead of vodka and usually some fresh wasabi as a garnish. Even for whiskey lovers exists a variant of the Bloody Mary – the Bloody Scotsman. Scotch is used as the base for this one, which gives the drink a slightly smoky note that goes well with the fruity tomato.
If you look even further, you’ll find an uncountable variety of Bloody Mary descendants, not all of which can be covered here.
Make it your own!
Almost every bar has its own recipe for the drink. Adapted to the regional style of cuisine, they can be found in almost every country in the world. In Japan, for example, fresh wasabi is added to the drink, while in Mexico one finds variants with cayenne pepper. There are almost no limits to creativity. The Bloody Mary is one of the drinks that you can prepare quite freely, without immediately getting questionable looks from inveterate bartenders.
Other ingredients that can spice up your bloody mary include
Sure, sometimes you like it classic. But every now and then, the inner urge to experiment takes hold. For the latter, here’s a list of components you can use to make your own variation. How you work the ingredients into your drink and how much of them you put in is up to your own taste.
Other ingredients for your very own creation:
- Smoked salt
- smoked paprika powder
- fresh oregano
- fresh tomato juice (from panicle cocktail tomatoes)
- Port wine
- flavored vodka variants
- Soy sauce
- real wasabi
- Orange juice
- Cucumber & Cucumber Water
- BBQ sauce
- pickled cucumbers