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Red October

High Cotton toasts 80 years of the Bloody Mary


By Kathryn Dave
OCTOBER 1, 2014

Like the late nights that often inspire a round of Bloody Marys the next morning, the origin of the famed red cocktail is a bit murky. Best bets are on Fernand Petiot—the bartender at New York’s legendary King Cole Bar who jazzed up a tomato juice cocktail in 1934 and birthed the brunch classic we know today. It was christened the Red Snapper, to protect the delicate ears of King Cole’s patrons, but the drink’s original name, Bloody Mary, won out over time.

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