Bloody Marys have an interesting history that no one can really agree on. Many different people and bars lay claim to first making the drink. It is mostly agreed, but not confirmed, that the first Bloody Mary was made in the Harry’s Bar in Paris by bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot. The name is the hardest to pin down. Some say it is named for Queen Mary I of England whose nickname was Bloody Mary.
No matter where it was created or who it was named after, there is no denying that the Bloody Marys are popular cocktails. There have been many variations on it over the years, but the main ingredients of vodka and tomato juice have not changed. Bloody Marys have also become one of the most popular hangover drinks. It's the perfect ‘hair of the dog,’ so it's not wonder that National Bloody Mary day comes after one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year, New Years Eve. So mix up so Bloody Marys and nurse that hangover for the first full day of the new year!