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Bars In Orange Beach Reveal The History of The Bloody Mary

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If you happen to find yourself in the land of sun and white beaches, you might be looking for something to tame your thirst and get you into a festive mood. Many of the people who visit the bars in Orange Beach, AL love to enjoy a spread of different cocktails and alcoholic beverages.

One of the most popular of the bunch is a drink known as The Bloody Mary, a cocktail that includes vodka, tomato juice, a variety of spices, lemon, and other garnishes. It’s a very popular drink worldwide, and it’s no surprise that people who visit the southern border of Alabama love it all the same.

Fernand Petiot

While the origin of this famous drink is sometimes muddied in conflicting stories, the first person to lay claim to creating it was Fernand Petiot. He was working at the New York Bar in Paris in 1921, which is the year he said he invented the drink.

An Interesting Walk Through The History of The Bloody Mary Cocktail

During that time, he took an unimpressive mix of vodka and tomato juice and added four large dashes of salt, two dashes of black pepper, two dashes of cayenne pepper, a layer of Worcestershire sauce, a dash of lemon juice, and some cracked ice. He said he got the idea from the comedian George Jessel, and then added the combination above to jazz it up.

A few other people have laid claims to inventing the drink, but since they made the claim many years after Fernand did, it is believed by most that Fernand was indeed the originator.

The Origin of The Drink’s Name

The name of the drink is rumored to have come from two different possible origins. One of these is a waitress named Mary who worked at a Chicago bar called the Bucket of Blood, and the other is that it came from the difficulties of pronouncing the name of a drink, which was called Vladimir.

The latter is believed to be more on-point, because Fernand Petiot served up a Bloody Mary to Vladimir Smirnov, a member of the Smirnoff vodka family. Some people also believe that it was named after Queen Mary I of England.

Hair of the Dog

Hair of the dog is term that is used to suggest that alcohol is a cure for a hangover. In the middle of the 1500’s a folk poet named John Heywood wrote, “I pray thee let me and my fellow have a hair of the dog that bit us last night — and bitten were we both to the brain alright.”

The Bloody Mary is hailed as a Hair of the Dog drink, because it contains vegetable juices and other spices and salts, which provide the body with nutrients and electrolytes to replenish what is lost from a night of drinking.

If you happen to be enjoying yourself in Orange Beach, you may want to stop at a bar and have yourself a delicious glass of Bloody Mary.


Bloody Mary (cocktail), En.wikipedia.org
Hair of the Dog: Is Drinking the Best Hangover Cure?, Flask.com