Blood Marys are an acquired taste that manages to retain a strong fan base because there are so many ways to make them. The abundance of ingredients leaves room for adjustments that are just slight enough for the drink to retain its name while presenting a different drinking experience.
Invented in 1920s Paris by French bartender Fernand "Pete" Petiot, the beverage grew into an international phenomenon when he moved to New York City to work at the St. Regis Hotel. There, the drink took off and spread around the world through the many St. Regis chains.
Here are a few of the Bloody Mary recipes created by the St. Regis Hotel chains:
7452 Mary: Considered one of the strangest Blood Mary recipes, its name comes from the height of the St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah: 7,452 feet. The St. Regis Bloody Mary mix is infused with oat-distilled Vodka 7000 from a distillery close by and is crowned with foamy wasabi and a touch of cayenne pepper.
Bloody Smoke: This British rendition comes with 10-year-old Ardbeg whiskey instead of vodka, thus the smoky flavor, along with Clamato, fresh ground pepper, lemon juice and Bloody Mary mix. It can be found at The Lanesborough, a St. Regis location, in London.
Mita Mary: As the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is located in Mexico, using local ingredients like white tequila, coriander and avocado only seemed sensible when crafting a Bloody Mary that connects with its location. Tomato, Clamato, lemon and V8 juices also season the drink, along with a thin slice of avocado and a fresh coriander leaf for finishing touches.
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