March 29, 2022

History of the Bloody Mary

Let’s be real. You either love them or hate them but there is no in-between. While some of our brunch friends choose to sip on Mimosas, the real weekend warriors indulge in a decadent Bloody Mary. Topped with a mountain of snacks and condiments, it is the clear choice for those who have brunched once or twice before.

You might be wondering where this tangy drink originated from, and while the story of just how it got its name is a bit hazy–the birthplace is not. The Bloody Mary is said to have originated in Paris at Harry’s New York-style bar in the 1920’s. After Vodka was brought to France following the Russian Revolution, bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot started experimenting with new Vodka cocktail recipes. After executing countless failed vodka recipes, Ferdinand finally decided to try Tomato Juice and a few seasonings as a mixer. The rest is history! 

Today, the cocktail typically contains Vodka, Tomato Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Lemon Juice, and Tabasco Sauce. As an iconic “hangover cure,” the Bloody Mary has made a name for itself all over the globe! The medley of ingredients provide electrolytes, water, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6, all of which might help with a hangover. 

But besides the actual drink, we need to talk about what goes on top. No Bloody Mary is complete without an array of toppings, and the classic Olive and Lemon slice might not cut it anymore. Brunch spots everywhere are throwing items from chicken wings, to tater tots, to even cheese burgers on top of their Bloodies. As far as we’re concerned, all we need is a Celery Salt rim, a few Sport Peppers, and a handful of our Smoked Beef Stix to top off the perfect Zing Zang x Vienna Beef Bloody Mary. 

You can make your own cocktail at home with the Vienna Beef & Zing Zang Bloody Mary Kit and get your own Sunday Funday on the right track!