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New Yorkers celebrated on Monday the 75th anniversary of the city's
New Yorkers celebrated on Monday the 75th anniversary of the city's legendary cocktail, the Bloody Mary, local media reported.

Bloody Mary day began in New York's famous Times Square, when Carol Bradley, the granddaughter of Fernand Petiot, the inventor of the cocktail, made a toast to all Bloody Mary drinkers.

According to the most popular version, the drink made of vodka and tomato juice with a dash of Tabasco or Worcester sauce, was invented by French bartender Petiot in the 1920s in a bar in Paris, and was sold under the name Red Snapper.

Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald are believed to be among Petiot's most famous clients at the Paris bar where he worked.

When Petiot moved to New York, he perfected the cocktail, which was dubbed a tonic for the Great Depression, by adding Tabasco. The cocktail has been served at the St. Regis Hotel since 1933.

To celebrate the anniversary, New-York based spirit producers, Georgi Vodka and Murphy's Famous Bloody Mary Mix, handed out Bloody Marys all day, while T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants in New York City rolled back prices to 1933 levels, or 99 cents.

Over one million Bloody Marys are reported to be consumed in the U.S. each day.


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