Inky Beer Factoid: November 17


On this day in 1558, Elizabeth I takes over the English throne because of the death of her half sister, Mary… “Bloody Mary.” The origin of the term, “Bloody Mary,” came from Queen Mary’s many miscarriages. The folklore surrounding her became more gruesome thanks to Elizabeth’s ascension of the throne. The folklore turned into a Halloween ritual used by young, unwed women.


The ritual encouraged young women to walk up a flight of stairs backwards while holding a candle and a hand mirror, in a darkened house. As they gazed into the mirror, they were supposed to be able to catch a view of their future husband’s face. There was, however, a chance that they would see a skull (or the face of the Grim Reaper) instead, indicating that they were destined to die before they married.

But, how did the Bloody Mary become a cocktail, you ask? There are many stories, but the one that sounds most plausible is the story of George Jessel.

[The] New York [magazine is] 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.


Today, Bloody Marys are also made with beer! Click on the photo above to try a “Brewed Mary,” an excellent recipe for Bloody Mary lovers to try. Cheers!



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