Thirsty Writer, Libations Marketer
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?)
And 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
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!