The Bloody Mary mix is a popular drink that is concocted by amalgamating vodka, tomato juice, and some popular sauces like Worcestershire and Tabasco along with many spices. The origin of the Bloody Mary mix is disputed as two claims have been made to its inception. A New York bartender named Fernand Petiot (the original name at that time was Red Snapper) claims to have invented this drink in 1921 and so does George Jessel in 1939 so it is unknown when exactly this drink was actually invented.
The name Bloody Mary is associated with many important figures, Queen Mary I of England being one of them. The original Blood Mary Mix, as mentioned before, was called the Red Snapper and the addition of Tabasco sauce probably coined the name Bloody Mary for it. A typical recipe of a Bloody Mary Mix will contain:
All these ingredients are stirred together to make a smooth mix and then garnished with celery stalk, olives, pickles, mushrooms, carrots and sometimes bouillon depending on the individual taste.
The nutritional value of a Bloody Mary Mix is mostly good. It is cholesterol free, has no saturated fats and is has very high calcium, iron and vitamin A content. However, the salt and sodium intake from a cup of Bloody Mary may not be too safe for people who have high blood pressure issues. Although the best Bloody Mary Mix is the one that is made at home, there are many choices of the same available in the market. Apart from the many ingredients that a bottle of Bloody Mary Mix will boast of, the type of heat that a bottle contains (jalapenos, horseradishes, pepper etc) plays an important part in deciding which brand to buy.