The Bloody Mary is a timeless cocktail that goes from revolution to revelation. 

The Bloody Mary

When you think of classic cocktails, none has a more storied past than the Bloody Mary.

Its origins are as murky as the tomato juice it's made of, but it's generally agreed that one story is probably true.

This involves a bartender named Fernand "Pete" Petiot, who worked at the famed Harry's New York Bar in 1920s Paris. It was at this time that Russians escaping the revolution back home began arriving in Paris, bringing with them vodka. At the same time Petiot was also introduced to American canned tomato juice, which back in the dry days of Prohibition was called a "tomato juice cocktail". Et voila! The Bloody Mary was born.

Of course, there are other theories. The most bloody dates back to the rule of Queen Mary I of England. In this story, the tomato juice represents the blood spilled and the vodka – the brutal means of execution used during Mary's reign. 

Ingredients

2 Parts Absolut Vodka
4 Parts tomato juice
1 Part Worcestershire sauce
1/2 Part lemon juice
1 teaspoon horseradish
Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
1 celery stick
1 lemon wedge

How to mix: Stir all the ingredients in a mixing glass and pour into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.. Garnish with celery and lemon (add extras like bacon as desired).

The Twists

What makes the Bloody Mary truly special is the lack of rules and the opportunity for variation when it comes to making them. So once you've got the basics sorted, why not try one of these in inspiration before putting your own twist on this classic cocktail. 

Bloody Caeser

Ingredients

1 Part Absolut Peppar
2 Dashes hot sauce
2 Dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 Dash lemon juice
Clamato juice
1 Celery stick

How to mix: Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Pour back and forth into another mixing glass to mix and then strain into a tall glass with ice. Garnish with celery.

Bloody Bullshot

Ingredients
5 Parts Absolut Vodka
6 Parts beef consomme
6 Parts tomato juice
2 Dashes hot sauce
1 Splash lemon juice
1 splash worcestershire sauce

How to mix: Fill a chilled highball glass with ice cubes. Add all the ingredients. 

Absolut Cilantro Mary

Ingredients
1 1/2 Parts Absolut Cilantro
4 Parts Tomato Juice
1 Dash Worcestershire Sauce
1 Dash Hot Sauce
1 Pint Salt
1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper
1 Sprig Cilantro

How to mix: Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker and roll. Serve in a highball filled with ice and garnish with cilantro.