The weather’s been rather stormy the last few days like an ex yelling through the door and much like that situation all it inspired me to do was snuggle up in bed and watch a few movies (yeah, lets call them movies). But today the sun seemed out to play, that frisky fellow, and so was I only I lacked the energy. Strange, cause the air is usually electric with excitement, anticipation and sex on a Friday. I must be getting old cause, quite frankly, none of those seems appealing. Still, a pick me up may just be the answer. Off to the bar…I mean shelf!
Bellinis and Mimosas are for champagne breakfasts and wedding parties and aren’t really pick me ups. What I need is a hair of the dog. While there are many cocktails that can be called that, my memory switches to Jeeves’ marvellous concoction, I prefer a Bloody Mary. It doesn’t seem out of place at the breakfast table, goes well with eggs and prevents one from being labelled an alcoholic for enjoying a morning tipple.
Frankly, I’ve never had a good Bloody Mary made for me although once I did duck into a bar and my friend was served a rather good one but, unfortunately, was too shit-faced to remember where it was. So, until we cross paths again I’m resolved to making my own.
Now, this being a blog some info must be dispensed on the Bloody Mary, I can’t just be appearing out of nowhere to tell you lovely people/person that I’m making myself a drink.
Vodka is Russian for “little water” and contrary to what people believe it isn’t cheaper than water in Russia. In fact some time ago, 80’s maybe 90’s, some politician (I’d hate to think it was Boris Yelstin) actually increased the tax on vodka wanting to stop people drinking this alcohol that apparently was the staple of their diet. This only resulted in people turning to moonshine which in turn led to several hundred deaths. The lesson: taxes bad.
The first cocktail in America to use vodka, according to Bartending for Dummies, was the Moscow Mule in 1946 by Jack Martin and John Morgan. The vodka they used, Smirnoff. This story does seem a little odd, and mind you any story that involves the origins of a cocktail have to be taken with a grain of salt (as with DC they tend to be retconned), cause according to Modern Mixologist the Bloody Mary went to America after the end of prohibition which was long before 1946 which would have made it the first cocktail to be made using Vodka. Don’t try to use reason, it doesn’t work when you’re dealing with what mostly amounts to folklore. “History is made on fact, fiction, supposition, and a good imagination, especially if it benefits the individual writing it” Brian Rea.
The Bloody Mary itself comes from a great lineage been created by Pete Petiot at Harry’s New York Bar (a name you will come across quite frequently in stories involving the origin of cocktails) in Paris. The namesake of the cocktail is often attributed to either Mary Tudor, who was known for burning her enemies at the stake, or the cinematic actress Mary Pickford.
Ingredients: (what I use)
2 ounces Vodka
¼ ounce Lime Juice
4 ounces Tomato juice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
4 – 6 dashes of Tabasco
Of course if you want to be specific and can actually be bothered to get the ingredients then follow this recipe but I like it like this. And a good time was had by all.
What am I listening to right now? Slow Club – If We’re Still Alive