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The History of Bloody Mary's

A TimeOut Tavern Bloody Mary in all its glory piled with an assortment of pickled vegetables, cheese, and meat.

Bloody Brilliant

The intriguing history of the Bloody Mary cocktail is older than you may think. This iconic drink has become a staple at brunch tables and cocktail bars around the world, but its exact origins are a disputed mystery. From its humble beginnings to becoming the most recognizable cocktail in the world, the evolution of the Bloody Mary is a fascinating story. To understand the success of the Bloody Mary we need to go back to the beginning.

The Birth of the Bloody Mary

The story of the Bloody Mary begins in the early 20th century, with conflicting claims about its origin. Some credit Fernand Petiot, a bartender at Harry's New York Bar in Paris, for creating the first Bloody Mary in the 1920s. Many seeked out his family’s American style bar during the prohibition. The tale claims that American’s inspired the tomato juice because during the prohibition tomato cocktails were on something that could be found on American drink menus. The vodka came from the influx of Russians escaping the revolution. Petiot combined the American’s tomato juice, the Russian’s vodka, added some extra spices and garnishes, and the rest is history.

The Ingredients and Evolution

The basic recipe of the Bloody Mary typically includes vodka, tomato juice, and various spices, but the variations are endless. From garnishes like celery and olives to the creative use of hot sauces and unique seasonings, pickled vegetables, and cheese the Bloody Mary has become a mixing pot for innovative bartenders.

The Rise to Popularity

The Bloody Mary gained popularity and became a go-to drink soon after the prohibition. The drink quickly became known as the best hangover cure. The low-calorie and high-electrolyte drink includes essential ingredients that help the morning after a big night of drinking. With vitamin C and vitamin B6 from the tomatoes, the drink has been shown to help hangovers. Specifically, vitamin B6 has been one of the only hangover remedies that has been found to actually reduce the effects of a hangover. The vodka doesn’t necessarily help anything, but it sure does make the drink fun!

Build Your Own Bloody Mary

As we wrap up the history of the Bloody Mary, raise your glass to this timeless cocktail that continues to evolve and capture the hearts of drinkers. Whether you prefer it spicy or mild, garnished with pickles or bacon, the Bloody Mary has earned its place in the cocktail hall of fame. At TimeOut Tavern we know that everyone likes their Bloody Mary differently. Stop by TimeOut Tavern on Saturdays or Sundays from 11 AM to 2 PM to build your own!

Our Bloody Mary bar is open every weekend and equipped with a wide range of cheeses, pickled veggies, and meats. Stop by 444 N. Chestnut Street in La Crescent, Minnesota to experience TimeOut Tavern’s Bloody Mary bar for yourself. See you there!

TimeOut Tavern’s Bloody Mary bar is full set up equipped with an assortment of pickled vegetables, cheese, and meat.



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