Bloody Mary!

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The tireless and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM tells the TRUE story of Bloody…

MARY! This is the name of one of the world’s most famous cocktails, which taste at its best 38,000 feet above sea level in an aeroplane. I have had many Bloody Marys flying on SIA, the world’s best airline and other airlines.

Hôtel Ritz’s Petit Bar is where the Bloody Mary was created for Nobel Prize Laureate Ernest Hemingway. Originally the Petit Bar, it opened in 1921 and was discovered by Ernest Hemingway in 1925. The Nobel Prize–winning author would still recognize the place today. The main room remains tiny and warmly panelled with light oak. It reopened in 1994 as the Bar Hemingway. Petit in French means little or small.

Ernest Hemingway's favorite bars for sipping a drink

Bar Hemingway Ritz Paris

It was Hemingway’s obsessive love of alcohol that led directly to the the creation of the Bloody Mary. On doctor’s orders to reduce his drinking, Hemingway wanted a drink that his wife, Mary Walsh Hemingway, could not detect…The Petit Bar’s bartender, Bernard Azimont, ingeniously created with Vodka and tomato juice concoction spiked with Tabasco and Pepper. Afficionados know that Vodka has no smell! Mary was none the wiser hinking Hemingway was drinking Tomato juice. The next day, Hemingway joyfully told Bernard, “That bloody Mary couldn’t smell a thing!” Hence the name: Bloody Mary!

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Hemingway loved the Ritz in Paris and famously said, ‘If I die and go to heaven I’d like it to resemble the bars at the Ritz.’ “Bulldog”Winston Churchill, President Theodore Roosevelt,F. Scott “Great Gatsby” Fitzgerald and immortal “Begin the Beguine” Cole Porter all came to drink in the Petit Bar. Hemingway was a regular for more than 30 years! When the US army liberated Paris from the Nazis in WW2, Hemingway as a War Correspondent was with them. On August 25, 1944, he went first to the Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare & Co. bookstore. Afterwhich Hemingway made a beeline for the Petit Bar. Hemingway then proceeded to  quaff 51 dry martinis!

Liberating France Hemingway's way / Following author's 1944 ...

Ritz Paris
15 Place Vendôme,
75001 Paris, France


About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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