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No one really knows the Bloody Mary’s exact origin, though most agree that Fernand Petiot first mixed a simplified version of the drink in 1921 while tending bar in Paris.

Petiot later moved to the U.S. and became head bartender at the St. Regis Hotel’s King Cole Bar (www.kingcolebar.com) in New York, where America’s favorite morning cocktail was perfected. These days, there are as many variations on the Bloody Mary as there are places that serve them. Ninety years since the drink’s inception, we toast to its longevity and celebrate with some of the best.

The Original Bloody Mary (aka Red Snapper)
Courtesy of King Cole Bar, New York
1 ounce vodka (King Cole Bar uses Belvedere)
2 ounces tomato juice
1 dash lemon juice
2 dashes salt
2 dashes black pepper
2 dashes cayenne pepper
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice cubes. Garnish with a lemon wedge.



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The Morning After: Around the World

The Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, Puerto Rico
Only available at the resort’s beachside Tiki Bar, the Fire Pit Bloody Mary vies for the title of world’s spiciest drink by incorporating India’s bhut jolokia chile, the hottest known pepper on earth. Finish the first drink, and your second one is free. www.wyndhamriomar.com

Bar IshinoHana, Tokyo
Bartenders begin by chipping a block of ice into a ball to discourage melting, then incorporate whole tomatoes and sherry wine vinegar into each made-to-order Bloody Mary, resulting in a sensory feast. www.ishinohana.com

The Redchurch Bar, London
Their popular Bloody Mary, which includes Absolut Peppar vodka and a kick of habanero Tabasco sauce, is served tall over ice with celery and lemon garnish. A drink list dedicated to “Mary’s Cure” also includes the bar’s Red Snapper, which substitutes gin for the vodka. www.theredchurch.co.uk

The Westin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Canadians have their own version of the Bloody Mary: the Bloody Caesar (or simply the Caesar), invented at the Westin in 1969. The drink uses Clamato — a blend of clam broth and tomato juice — and is widely considered a national treasure. www.westincalgary.com

Paul K, San Francisco
Brunchgoers usually choose between the endless refills of Paul K’s bottomless Bloody Mary or the specialty Bacon Bloody Mary, which couples maple bacon–infused vodka with a zesty house mix. www.paulkrestaurant.com