Bloody Mary: The World's Most Complex Cocktail
Each week in our Cheers Westchase column we strive to bring you a unique spirit, wine or beer that you can find right here in the neighborhood.
When you cover as many fancy-schmancy drinks as we do on "Cheers, Westchase!," sometimes you just have to get back to the basics. This week, we head to Grille 54 to feature their classic Bloody Mary.
The Bloody Mary has been called "the world's most complex cocktail." This one, like many others before its time, features vodka and a tomato juice mix with some zip. The "complexity" in this otherwise simple cocktail comes from the myraid combination of ways it can be garnished -- a celery stalk, rimmed with celery salt, olives, black pepper and of course, Tabasco sauce, to name just a few.
Bloody Mary Fun Facts:
- The original Bloody Mary is said to be invented by an actor named George Jessel, who first added spices to what was originally just vodka and tomato juice.
- There was a brief period during the 1940s and early 1950s where the drink was called a "Red Snapper."
- Tabasco became a traditional part of the recipe in the late 1950s.
The best part about this particular one is that is comes in unlimited quantities at Grille 54's Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.. Not a Bloody Mary fan? You can also get unlimited Mimosas.