Sunday, October 12, 2014

The St. Regis hotels celebrate the 80th birthday of the Bloody Mary. And about the origins of the "Red Snapper" cocktail.



It's going to be the 80th anniversary of the Bloody Mary cocktail this October.

Perfected 80 years ago at The King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York, the Red Snapper, or Bloody Mary as it has come to be known, has become one of the most popular drinks in cocktail culture.

It's also the foundation for brunch around the world.

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THE BLOODY MARY BRUNCH

This whole month of October, St. Regis hotels in Asia will launch a Bloody Mary Brunch in celebration of the anniversary, featuring a range of delectable dishes designed to complement the signature St. Regis Bloody Mary.

Guests can enjoy Bloody Mary-inspired dishes such as freshly shucked oysters with Bloody Mary jelly, and a tomato and crabmeat maki roll with Bloody Mary vinaigrette.

“What better way to celebrate the birthday of this iconic cocktail than with a dedicated brunch at St. Regis,” commented Fay Linn Yeoh, Brand Director, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific.



A BLOODY MARY
WITH SICHUAN PEPPERCORN
IN CHENGDU

She added: “Guests can either indulge in the classic Bloody Mary or try a specially designed local recipe with unique ingredients reflecting the destination of the hotel. For example, the newly opened St. Regis Chengdu features the Chuan Mary which is created with Sichuan peppercorn oil and pickled chili.

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THE ORIGINS OF THE BLOODY MARY

How did the Bloody Mary come into existence? You might be wondering.

The “Red Snapper” cocktail, now more commonly known as the Bloody Mary, was born in 1934 when St. Regis bartender Fernand Petiot spiced up a tomato juice and vodka libation with celery salt, pepper, cayenne,lemon and Worcestershire sauce.


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This reinvention of a simple cocktail created by Petiot at Harry’s Bar in Paris, was particularly enjoyed by Serge Obolensky, a well-known man about town and General Manager of The St. Regis New York at the time.


THE BLOODY MARY
TURNS INTO THE RED SNAPPER

 In the 1930s, the “Bloody Mary” was deemed too vulgar for the hotel’s elegant bar so it was given the name “Red Snapper.”

Irreverent no more, the original recipe is still served at The St. Regis New York, where it remains the most popular cocktail -- so much so that, as St. Regis grows its portfolio around the world, the brand introduces a local iteration of the famed cocktail in destinations as far-flung as Lhasa, Mauritius and Bora Bora.

And one of these days, we're going to have a Bloody Mary in a St. Regis hotel, somewhere in the world, living a never-ending, and never-ending Travelife.




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