Bloody Mary Turns 75

New York cocktail/hangove cure reaches mixological milestone

Tonight we're going party like it's 1933.

The Bloody Mary cocktail, created in New York City by a French bartender, turned 75 years old Monday.  Originally called the "Red Snapper" by squeamish bar-goers, the mix of vodka, tomato juice and Tabasco has enjoyed enduring popularity.

In honor of their hometown cocktail, New York state and local officials have proclaimed it "Bloody Mary Day."

New Yorkers will also lead the nation's boozehounds in a festive binge at Times Square, where bars are offering anniversary drink specials.  Some intend the sell the highball at 1933 prices—99 cents a glass.

Celebrants who can't make it to the bar can follow along at home with the following recipe from

1 1/2 oz vodka
3 oz tomato juice
1 dash lemon juice
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 - 3 drops Tabasco® sauce
1 lime wedge

Shake all ingredients (except lime wedge) with ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the wedge of lime and serve.

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