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I missed this one.  While January 1st might be a day of new beginnings and resolutions, it is also National Bloody Mary Day.

I doubt I need to explain this one to anyone.  But here goes.  On New Year’s Eve, full of champagne and whatever else, the sky is the limit in terms of all you are going to do an accomplish in the new year.

The funny thing about that champagne is while it is the thing that makes you think you can accomplish anything on New Year’s Eve, it is also the thing that makes you feel you can’t even get out of bed, let along move toward any of your new goals on New Year’s Day.  Enter the Bloody Mary.  The “acceptable” cocktail to drink for a late brunch.  After all it has tomato juice in it, doesn’t it?

Down the hatch and you are back on fire for that new start… or so it seems.

History of the Bloody Mary

A Bloody Mary is a cocktail made of vodka, tomato juice and various spices including Worcesershire such, hot sauce, garlic, beef bouillon, horseradish, celery, olives, black pepper, lemon juice and/or celery salt.  It is usually consumed in the morning or early afternoon, often as a hangover “cure”.

There are different claims as to who invented the Bloody Mary and how it got its name.  As for the making of the cocktail, the story most often cited is that during the Russian Revolution when fleeing men went to Paris, they often turned up in Harry’s Bar at the Ritz Hotel.  A bartender there named Ferdinand Petiot created the drink that was then called the Bucket of Blood and was mainly vodka and tomato juice.

He later left Paris and introduced the drink to New York City along with the embellishments of lemon juice, Worcestershire, cayenne and salt

Several stories exist on how it came to be called a Bloody Mary.  The most common and likely is that it was named after Queen Mary Tudor. 18 March 1496 – 25 June 1533) was an English princess who was briefly queen of France and later progenitor of a family which claimed the English throne

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.  Mary I was the Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death in 1558. Her aggressive attemp restore Roman Catholicism to England and Ireland led to her denunciation as “Bloody Mary” by her Protestant opponents.