Brandy Rand

Thirsty Writer, Libations Marketer

Day Drinker’s Delight: The Bloody Mary

Ah, day drinking: a college pastime, a tailgater’s necessity and the cure to crippling hangovers. Perhaps the most famous light of day libation is the Bloody Mary. Love it or hate, there’s no denying the magical powers of tomato juice and vodka.

Invented in Paris in 1921 at Harry’s New York Bar  by Fernand Petiot, the drink was briefly called the Red Snapper when it made its way over to the U.S.  Back in New York at the St. Regis Hotel Bar, Petiot began to add more seasonings: horseradish, Tabasco, lemon juice and celery salt, developing the Bloody Mary we recognize today.

That hasn’t stopped bartenders from getting a creative with vegetables, cured meats and other interesting add-ins. This recent article on Eater.com profiles “15 Over-the-Top Bloody Marys Across the US.” From hamburgers to tater tots, you can make a meal out of a Bloody Mary (because who doesn’t love salt and grease through a straw?)

75 on Liberty Wharf Bloody MaryAnd perhaps the best way to experiment is with 75 on Liberty Wharf’s new DIY Bloody Mary Bar, located right here in Boston. You choose your vodka (some are deliciously house-infused), your tomato mixer and any spicy/sweet/savory add-in you can imagine.

Vodkas: Ketel One, Grey Goose, Chopin, Stolichnaya, Absolut, Square One, Hangar One
House infused Vodkas: smoked apple wood, roasted garlic, caramelized onion, roasted sweet pepper, jalapeno and habanera, sweet basil, kalamata olive vodka
Juices: organic tomato juice, V-8, house Bloody Mary Mix
Add-in options: Half-sour pickles, limes, lemons, peperoncini, blue cheese stuffed olives, celery, celery seeds, horseradish, old bay spice, cracked black pepper, wasabi, crushed red pepper

Or if the choices are too overwhelming, 75 on Liberty Wharf also has a list of special Bloody Mary concotions tried and tested by the bar staff. A few of my favorites:
MEAT AND POTATOES MARY: Homemade Bacon Infused Potato Vodka
BACON AND BLUE CHEESE MARY: Bacon Infused Vodka with blue cheese stuffed olives
SOUTHERN BORDER MARY: Jalapeño Infused Vodka with Tabasco
ASIAN TOUCH MARY: Wasabi powder and pickled ginger
MEDITERRANEAN MARY: Kalamata olives and Rosemary Infused Vodka
PIZZA MARY: A Combination of our Infused Vodkas, crushed red pepper, Mozzarella cheese and grilled Focaccia bread

And if you can’t peel yourself from the couch, 75 on Liberty Wharf was kind enough to share these recipes to make right in the comfort of your kitchen:

House Bloody Mary
3 oz of habanero vodka
5 oz of Cheers Bloody Mary mix
1 tsp horseradish
1 dash of A1 sauce
Garnished with celery stalk, lime wedge and blue cheese stuffed olives

Seaport Bloody Mary
3 oz of house-made bacon infused vodka (can use regular vodka at home)
5 oz of Clamato juice
1 tsp horseradish
1 dash of Tabasco
1 dash if Worcestershire sauce
1 dash of sherry pepper sauce
Garnished with celery stalk, lemon wedge and pepperncinis

Hear me talk about the Bloody on WBZ radio!

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2012 by in Boston bars, recipes, vodka, WBZ Radio and tagged , , , .
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