History of the Bloody Mary

The origin of the Bloody Mary is disputed. Fernand Petiot is said to have invented the drink in 1921, while working at The New York Bar, which later became Harry's New York Bar, a frequent hangout for Ernest Hemingway, and other expatriates, in Paris, France.

Another story is that it was originally created by George Jessel around 1939. In 1939, Lucius Beebe printed in his gossip column, "This New York", one of the earliest U.S. references to this drink, along with the original recipe: "George Jessel's newest pick-me-up which is receiving attention from the town's paragraphers is called a Bloody Mary: half tomato juice, half vodka."