The bloody mary is one of those brunch-time cocktails for lushes the world over who simply can’t wait until 5 o’clock to have a cocktail. In case a mimosa is too sweet or too orangy for you, or if you are hungover from the night before, a fantastic substitute to guzzle with your eggs and bacon is definitely a bloody mary. When coffee won’t do the trick, a bloody mary will, right? WRONG! There is no caffeine in a bloody mary…and may I remind you that there is no substitute for coffee.
Made up of a combination of vodka, tomato juice, salt, pepper and other saucy sauciness, bloody marys have made their mark in the history of classic alcoholic beverages. But are they for everyone? And who in the hell had the bright idea of mixing vodka and tomato juice? I mean, it isn’t a bad idea per se, but it definitely isn’t for everyone.
Is it an Acquired Taste?
In my book, a bloody mary is definitely an acquired taste. In a time where bartenders are constantly cooking up fantastic new cocktails and combos in their shakers, this classic isn’t for everyone (especially if you have a thing against tomatoes or Worcestershire sauce). The first time I had one, I wasn’t really impressed…until the vodka kicked in, and then I didn’t care!
I’ve always imagined that those who drink bloody marys are healthy folk on account of the clad celery stick garnish and fruit juice (yes, tomatoes are fruits). Out of all the alcoholic mixes and brews available, this is one of the healthier ones, right?
Food That Pairs Well with a Classic Bloody Mary
Seeing as this is a very versatile drink, almost any food can go with a bloody mary. But consider also that this is a very popular brunch cocktail, one that normally is made either spicy, savory and/or salty, this gives sweeter foods such as pancakes, waffles, and crêpes a chance to be paired with a vodka-tomato mixed drink!
However, the one time I had a bloody mary, I had it at dinner. My date, for all intents and purposes, and I decided to try the Ahi Tuna appetizer which was featured in a local restaurant in Springfield, Missouri, and it was killer. I honestly feel that seafood goes great with a bloody mary, especially the sweeter shellfish such as shrimp, crab and lobster.
Need an appetizer to go with your bloody mary party? Don’t overlook a delicious baby spinach and strawberry salad to go with this beverage! Don’t like spinach? You could always go with a pear, arugula and gorgonzola salad as well. Don’t like salads? Fine! Cheesy garlic bread with balsamic reduction for the win!
As far as entrées are concerned, any meat will do, but an oven-baked rosemary chicken or lamb would be my personal preference. A sprig of rosemary could also garnish your bloody mary drinks and tie in all the flavors of the meal if you are into that sort of thing.
There are many different rumors of where the bloody mary originated from: the most popular being from a guy named Pete Petoit in 1934. He was supposedly asked by Serge Oblensky, a famous Russian guy in New York, to make a cocktail Pariswith tomato juice and vodka.
There is another story of a singer/actor named George Jessel who claims he created this robust and full-bodied drink. He had been hired by Smirnoff as part of an advertising campaign, as they did back in the day and currently, and there is even an advertisement of him declaring ownership for the creation of this drink.
In summary, there are a million and one ways to make a bloody mary, and if you really aren’t into sweet drinks or any of the million whatever-tinis out there, this may be right up your alley. Almost every bar in Springfield, Missouri serves bloody marys, but the most notable being Coyote’s Adobe cafe, Farmers Gastropub and the Early Bird Breakfast Pub. If you think another place does a perfect bloody mary, be sure to let us know in the comment section below!
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