The Red Snapper

classic bloody mary recipe

You may not know this, but it was Fernand Petiot – the bartender at the King Cole Bar at the St Regis in 1934 – who invented and perfected the Bloody Mary. We thought this was relevant information seeing as all of the world has been nursing the most massive hangover this week, maybe even up until today. Also let’s face it, chances are you’re going out again this weekend.

Whether Petiot invented the drink because he too had a hangover or just because mixing tomato juice and vodka seemed natural, he no doubt contributed greatly to the drinking community. That’s why we obtained the recipe of the original (from Fernand Petiot himself) for you to have at your disposal. Bottoms up, because we’re all at rock bottom this week…

*In 1934, Fernand Petiot, bartender at the famous King Cole Bar, perfected the Bloody Mary – the iconic vodka and tomato juice cocktail so beloved today.  Since the Bloody Mary was deemed inappropriate for the elegant clientele of The St. Regis, it was rechristened the Red Snapper.  While the name may not have stood the test of time, the Bloody Mary remains the signature cocktail of the King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York.

1 oz. vodka

2 oz. Tomato juice

1 dash lemon juice

2 dashes salt

2 dashes black pepper

2 dashes cayenne pepper

3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.  Shake vigorously. Strain over ice cubes. Garnish with a lemon wedge.