The Secret Ingredient You Should Be Using In Your Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary drink has been around for quite a long time. A concoction of tomato juice, vodka, and seasonings — this cocktail has been a longtime bar staple. Best Bloody Mary details more about the history of this drink, and while the title "Bloody Mary" has long been attributed to a certain bloodthirsty Tudor queen, the name for the drink may actually have a different origin. It was the 1920s when Fernand Petiot, a New York bartender, first tossed equal parts tomato juice and vodka in a glass. A patron at the bar suggested the name "Bloody Mary" because it reminded him of the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago — and also of a girl there he knew named Mary. 

Whether the origins are settled or not, the name of this red (and filling) drink has stood the test of time. Over the years, the drink has evolved, such as adding celery salt, pepper, and hot sauces like Tobasco. Different companies have bottled this spicy tomato mix while others prefer to make it from scratch. Either way you go — don't forget some fun garnishes like olives, celery, or even bacon or beef jerky.

Instant Bloody Mary — just add beer

And now the classic drink is ready to evolve again. The Brian Bloody Brewski is the next craze in Bloody Marys, and the secret ingredient is (you guessed it) beer (via Men's Health). This former producer of The View isn't a professional bartender, but he doesn't think you need to be in order to enjoy a great drink. 

Good news for all of us sitting at home right now! Brian says that beer, believe it or not, makes a Bloody Mary taste even better, especially if you can add one with citrus notes like Blue Moon. As an alternative to Blue Moon, look for a citrus-y Heffewiezen, or even an orange IPA for a bit more bite. 

Also, don't use beer like you would vodka — you'll want more than a shot or two. The directions are pretty simple — add 6 ounces of the beer of your choice and then fill your glass with your favorite Bloody Mary mix. Most people prefer a mix of tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and spices. Kick it up a notch with hot sauce like Tabasco or Sriracha if you like. 

The recipe makes for a milder experience than your traditional mixed cocktail with vodka. Do remember, however, that you don't want to shake a beer as you might in another mix — that carbonation should be stirred, not shaken. Combine all ingredients over ice and add your favorite garnish — and enjoy!