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 “What did the vegetables say at the garden party?  Lettuce turnip the beet.”  – Anonymous

When you think of April’s Easter Garden Parties images, fairy princesses may dance in your head rather than winter’s sugar plumb fairies.  However, parties and libations go together like Bloody and Mary.  And, so few classic cocktails made by modern day “Mixologists” are as healthy, or as  controversial a  drink as the Bloody Mary with its  storied past.

The Bloody Mary may or may not be celebrating its 80th birthday this year, because the birth is shrouded in secrecy and intrigue.

From 16th Century England’s “Bloody Mary” in Paris, to U.S. Prohibition’s “tomato juice cocktail,” or Chicago’s  “Bucket of Blood,” and Hemmingway’s “Red Snapper” cure for hangovers, this drink has many mysterious names and stories.

It consists of canned tomato juice, peppered vodka, and a checkered past.  By the end of this article you may decide that rather than having a “hair of the dog that bit you,” you can have a “drop of the super-food that heals you.”

No drink’s name is more disputed than the Bloody Mary.  Here are two favorite stories concerning the history behind the drink’s name and origin.  Read them, and then you decide.

It was back in the 1920s when Fernand Petiot, an American bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, mixed equal parts of tomato juice and vodka.  He had no idea his concoction would become world famous when he called the drink “Bloody Mary.”  He named it after Queen Mary I of England and Ireland.

Princess “Bloody Mary” Tudor was the Catholic daughter of ladies’-man King Henry the VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, his first of 6 wives.  Catherine was dethroned by second wife Protestant Ann Boleyn who banished them from court.

Stripped of their titles and kept apart, poor Catherine died of a broken heart, or more likely, poison.  But, Ann was soon be-headed by love-fickle Henry who reinstated Princess Mary as the legitimate heir to the throne.  She became Queen Mary I and was hell-bent on revenge for mother’s death.  Thus, the Catholic versus Protestant blood-bath that began in earnest by Bloody Mary.

Others say if it were not for the 18th Amendment and the Russian Revolution, there would be no Bloody Mary.  Around 1920, émigrés escaping the Russian Revolution began arriving in Paris, bringing with them vodka and caviar.

Bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot at Harry’s Bar in Paris began experimenting with the new spirit, which he found tasteless.   So, a pint of black peppercorns was steeped in vodka for six weeks to create a mixture called “liquid black pepper,” a dash of which gave vodka a real blast of flavor.

At the same time, Petiot was introduced to American canned tomato juice from the Prohibition called a “tomato juice cocktail.”  The peppered Russian Vodka mixed with the American tomato juice created a delightful drink with a real kick author Hemmingway named a Red Snapper.  He drank it in the morning as an antidote to his hang-over.  He also called it the “hair of the dog that bit you.”  This hair is still served at formal brunches as a Bloody Mary.

Did you know a Bloody Housewife, aka Bloody Mary, aka Red Snapper, and also Virgin Mary, is a Super Food Drink?

Let’s talk about the profound health benefits of raw tomato juice , which includes skin rejuvenation.  Tomato juice is considered a super food due to all its vitamins and minerals.  It is also a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6, along with minerals like magnesium, iron and phosphorous.

Add those health benefits to fresh vegetables like cancer fighting anti-inflammatory celery and the hydrating cucumber, and you have partry-superfood  fit for the whole family.

TIP: This Garden Party drink can be prepared ahead of time as a Virgin Housewife and refrigerated until the party.  Enjoy it sans or with alcohol and stir using the celery stick.

Ingredients (organic if possible)

1 oz. Organic Rain or Square One vodka
2 oz. tomato or V8 or Vegetable juice
1 dash lemon juice
2 dashes salt
2 dashes black pepper
2 dashes cayenne pepper
3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
¼ teaspoon horseradish sauce
1 cooked, peeled, chilled shrimp
1 long stalk of celery
1 cucumber spear
Wedge of lime
Wedge of lemon


Coat the rim of a tall glass with lemon and Old Bay Spice.
Add 2 oz of Vodka (optional).
Add the rest of the ingredients except the lemon, lime, celery, cucumber and shrimp to shaker with ice.
Stir and pour into rimmed glasses and garnish with remaining ingredients

During your Garden Party, make a toast to Bloody Mary’s 80th birthday celebration while you enjoy a Bloody Housewife.  Give the children a Virgin Housewife and you will all be happy and healthy.

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a frequently referenced part of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, to show how a name does not define the true essence a person.  How true is that for a drink?   Now that you know the history, what name would you give this super healthy party drink? Please share your choice with us in the comment section.  Like our quote, you may remain anonymous.

Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is a TV Producer/Host and Author/Lecturer of the award winning, International bestseller, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing, which promotes patient advocacy and connecting with inner guidance for success in health, wealth, and relationships.  ContactKathleen O’Keefe Kanavos WebsiteSurviving Cancerland WebsiteInner Guide FacebookPersonal Facebook  – Surviving Cancerland Facebook  – Wicked Housewives TV FacebookWicked Housewives Radio Facebook  – Google+LinkedIn  – PinterestTwitterYoutubeBook

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