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Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary cocktail: an original recipe that bears the name of a fearsome legend.


For 1 person
5 cl vodka
8 cl tomato juice
2 cl lemon juice
1 dash of worcestershire sauce
A few drops of tabasco

How to make

👉 straight to the glass / 🥃 highball / 🍹 long drink (15cl) / ⏱️ 5 mn
  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.

  2. Pour the vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce then a few drops of tabasco.

  3. Add according to your taste salt, celery salt and/or pepper.

  4. Stir with a mixing spoon then add a stalk of celery as decoration.


The Bloody Mary cocktail is now one of the great classics, the originality and complexity of this tomato juice-based cocktail has indeed earned it great success.

The Bloody Mary cocktail was created in 1921 by Fernand Petiot, bartender at Harry's Bar in Paris. At that time, his recipe included only vodka and tomato juice and was called "Bucket of blood". In 1934, Fernand Petiot is said to have gone to the King Cole Bar in New York, bringing his famous creation there. It was only then that he decided to add tabasco, worcestershire sauce, pepper and lemon juice to his basic recipe. The doubt rests on the addition of celery salt by Fernand Petiot. In this new establishment, he would have been forced to replace vodka with gin, and change the name "Bloody Mary" to "Red Snapper".

Bloody Mary means "Bloody Mary" in French and the origin of the name given to this cocktail is still up for debate, but it is thought to pay homage to Mary Tudor (or Mary 1st of England), daughter of Henry VIII, who reigned from 1553 to 1558.

There are other versions of the origin of the Bloody Mary cocktail, among which it is said that this cocktail could have been invented by Bertin, head barman at the Ritz in Paris, for Ernest Hemingway's wife whom he nicknamed Bloody Mary.

The Bloody Mary cocktail is said to have virtues against a hangover, the veracity of this rumor is far from unanimous, for many it is indeed hard to believe that a hangover can be cured with alcohol.

The Legend of Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary is also the name of a legend that each of you could conjure up a bloody-faced entity in a mirror. There are several ways to make this entity appear, the best known is the following.

In a room plunged into darkness in the middle of the night (some say midnight), you should stand in front of a mirror with just 2 candles lit on each side of the mirror. You would then have to turn around 13 times, and each time you pass in front of the mirror you would have to look at your reflection and say "Bloody Mary" and shout it louder and louder with each turn. The entity would then appear in the mirror, face bloodied and staring at you. It is said that if you add "I killed your baby" on the thirteenth time, the entity will attack you violently.

It is also said that by replacing "Bloody Mary" with "Hell Mary", it would be Satan who would appear in the mirror.

Several people would have tried to silence this legend by trying it... but without coming back unscathed. One girl reportedly had her hip broken walking out of her bathroom after performing the ritual saying "Bloody Mary, I don't believe in you", and another woman was reportedly found stabbed the day after her ritual. p>

The origin of this legend remains unknown. Many think that it would be the Virgin Mary who would come to warn you. Others evoke the return of a witch who had been burned alive for practicing black magic and who would now haunt the mirrors, punishing the curious who called her. Finally, some evoke a woman who would have died in a car accident with her son and who would live in the mirrors to avenge the death of her son.

The legend of Bloody Mary is quite well known in the United States, Janet Langlois even wrote an essay about it in 1978, and the horror film "Candyman" was also made based on this legend.


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