Sunday, July 11, 2010

MAGPIE/ Prompt #22

photo/ willow/ magpie tales


WHAT A LIGHT BULB MOMENT that must have been when the bottle of vodka tipped over into the cocktail sauce. I am projecting that the following scenario ensued..

A young apprentice barman by the name of Fernand Petiot was working at The New York Bar, later to become Harry's New York Bar in Paris, one early afternoon, in 1921, chit chatting with Mr. Ernest Hemingway, a good and steady customer.   Trying to grab lunch on the sly, he started to pile some shrimp into a dish when the aforementioned vodka bottle tipped over and filled to overflowing the bowl holding the cocktail sauce.  Instinctively, after grabbing the bottle, he put lips to the dish, sipped the overflow, grabbed a piece of celery, stirred the shrimpless contents, and justifiably shrieked, Eureka!!

After tasting the contents that were passed to him, Mr. Hemingway agreed that this was a bloody good sort of a drink!  Bloody Mary came later, either as an homage to Queen Mary I of England, or to a waitress named Mary who worked at the Bucket of Blood in Chicago.


RECIPE FOR BLOODY MARY FROM THE NEW YORK SCHOOL OF BARTENDING

1 oz. vodka in a highball glass filled with ice.
Fill glass with tomato juice
1 dash celery salt
1 dash black pepper
1 dash Tabasco sauce
2-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp. horseradish
Dash of lemon or lime

Shake vigorously (if you use a shaker) or stir lazily.  Garnish with celery stalk.


VARIATIONS:
Bloody Fairy-  Absinthe replaces vodka.
Bloody Geisha-  Sake...
Bloody Margaret-  Gin...
Bloody Dane-  Akvavit...
Bloodless Mary-  Without tomato juice.
etc....

1/2 cup supplies 1/3 of daily dose of lycopene or 8 milligrams per serving.   

A toast to Willow at magpie tales for giving us the opportunity to participate in this Prompt!  Cheers!! 

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45 comments:

signed...bkm said...

Great Magpie and nice history lesson on the Bloody Mary... I throughly enjoy it...the post I mean - I do not drink - well not often...bkm

Brian Miller said...

ha. perhaps that is where it came from...never could get a taste for the alcohol tomato mix...know some that mix it with their beer with just sounds disgusting...nice magpie.

Lyn said...

Hi bkm-
Thanks, me too, don't drink often, but when I do I like it to be tasty!!

Lyn said...

Hi Brian-
Always welcome! When I drink I like to consider the nutritional value!

Butternut Squash said...

An excellent tale! Not my favorite drink though. I like a V-8 without the alcohol. I'm more of a Tanqueray and Tonic kind of girl.

Lyn said...

Hi Butternut-
Welcome back! I like a V-8 myself, with/without..but gin once done me wrong and...
We can have a toast anyway!!

soundoffreedom said...

cheers to you! nice magpie!

Lyn said...

Hi soundoffreedom-
Thanks so much..I'll drink to that...!!

sheri said...

lyn, your magpie was truly interesting!! obviously the bloody mary had it's origins somewhere and i liked your take on!!

Jingle said...

very creative and fun magpie!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Happy accidents...it's what all us creative types are hoping for!
Great writing and thanks for the recipe!

Lyn said...

Hi sheri-
Thank goodness for the tomato..what a list we couldn't do without..
thanks!!

Helen said...

Right back at you ~~ CHEERS!
Nicely done!

I loves me a good Bloody Mary!

Tumblewords: said...

Tasty, delectable and full of spirit! :)

Lyn said...

Hi Helen-
I make the best..come on down!!

Lyn said...

Hi Tumblewords-
Thank you..I did have fun with the research!

Lyn said...

Hi Mary Ann-
Oh, please do enjoy the recipe..I know I do!! And so true about happy accidents..may they all be happy!

Lyn said...

Hi Jingle-
No doubt, I did have fun doing this one..thank you!!

Suz said...

that was a fun read
but alas I don't care for the tomato mixture
but I liked your tale

Suz said...

Oh maybe that is Hem's missing novel
The Movable Drink ;)

Little Messy Missy said...

Boy I wish it was 8 pm not 8 am because now I need a drink!!!

Lyn said...

Hi Suz-
Glad you had fun..that's better than anything! As far as Hemingway..why not?? thank you...

Lyn said...

Hi Little Messy Missy-
I've got the solution..BRUNCH!! That's why it was invented..skol!

Jeane said...

well thank you Mr. Hemingway! xxo

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
And thank you, Ms.Jeane!!

RA said...

Yummm! I looove Bloody Marys. Great Magpie!

Lyn said...

Hi Ra-
Thanks so much..seems to hit the spot for me too!

joanny said...

What an interesting story, love stories about Hemingway, he makes for a good read. And the Bloody Mary drink recipe looks awesome. I might make this with or without the alcohol -- Probably without I am not much of a drinker.

Joanny

A Cuban In London said...

Hahahaha! That was great. So, that's how Bloody Mary was born. And there was me thinking that it was Elizabeth I referring to Mary Stuart. :-)

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Hi joanny-
Thanks..I just really like the taste of the spiciness..with or without the vodka!

Lyn said...

Greetings to a Cuban-
I must confess that I may not be the final authentic historical source, having written this after a couple of sips..when fiction turns into reality!!!

willow said...

Mix me up a double please!!

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
Coming right up..here's to the one who got the ball rolling!!

annell said...

I liked your comment, and I liked what you wrote, and I certainly liked the recipe. It's hot this afternoon in NM, and I can't think of a thing that would be better. I'll get to see if I have the ingredients for later! Thanks.

Lyn said...

Hi annell-
Thanks..it's almost 5:00pm here in hot NY..official drinky time..think I'll join you!!

kathew said...

bloody good and pass the tomato juice....what would one call the drink if it was garnished with a juicy shrimp? A Red Snapper? Nah...
a Bloody Appetizer!
Great take on the prompt...very clever!

Karen S said...

That first line made me laugh out loud! Love this -- although I do prefer tequila in my bloodies.

Lyn said...

Hi kathew-
Bloody good!! That's the spirit...

Lyn said...

Hi Karen S-
Sounds good to me, have to try it, and glad you had fun!!

madamebutterfly said...

Love it!

There are so many different takes on this picture - I only stumbled across it by accident the other day and wish I had it sooner.

rel said...

Lyn,
True or no,t it's as good a start as one could imagine. Now I'm wondering how G&T came about. :)
rel

Gabriela Abalo said...

I enjoyed your Magpie. I think I will try a Bloody Mary and check if it tastes as nice as it sounds ;)

Lyn said...

Hi madamebutterfly-
Thank you for visiting..it's never too late to join in..always a great variety!


Hi Rel-
Well, maybe I shuffle the facts at times, but the bartender is a true fact..and G&T, probably came over on the Mayflower!!


Hi Gabriela-
Thanks..do try it, especially if you like spicy..yum...

Derrick said...

Hi Lyn,

I suppose, by now, all the glasses are empty?!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
Seems like it's time for refills!!

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