There was a time when I got super wasted and felt my head cracking afterwards. That time was this morning and the drinks were so mixed I am too ashamed to name them. But a lot of things have happened since and the only way to get out of this alive was to have a bloody drink. Alright, maybe my puns are not that cute but take into account there is still a bit of vodka running through my veins. And head! From the Bloody Mary I used to attack the evil forces of last night.
Bloody Mary has been used for many years as a ‘hangover remedy’ and while others claim it is new, its origins go back to the medieval times. But at that time, the tomato juice was considered poisonous so people used a much disgusting combination of raw eggs, beer and black pepper. If you thought Bloody Mary is too much for you, I dare you to drink this mixture (which now is known under the name of Prairie Oyster).
You drink it when you go out. You prepare it in the privacy of your own home. It’s delicious, elegant and it reminds you of the roaring 20s when opulence was the keyword. But do you know the story behind this cocktail? If not, don’t be afraid; you’re not the only one!
There is a very popular legend which indicates that the drink comes from the Manhattan Club located in New York. The action of our story takes place around the 1870s and its main protagonist was Dr. Iain Marshall. The legend says that at a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Winston Churchill’s mother) this drink became very popular. Afterwards people asked for the drink referring to the name of the club where they first drank it (Manhattan).
The original recipe included American whiskey, Italian vermouth and Angostura bitters. However during the Prohibition, bartenders used Canadian whiskey because it was easier to find. This story is quite interesting but not as true. Apparently, Lady Jerome was in France at the moment of the ‘inception’ and she was also a bit pregnant at the time, making it quite hard to try out cocktail recipes. Hard, but not impossible!
Another version of the birth of the Manhattan cocktail is that it was invented in the late 1860s by a bartender named Black at a bar that was located on Broadway. A story not as glamorous but probably more plausible than the former one. Read more