There are few things creepier than covering yourself in fake blood for Halloween. Whether you’re dressing up as a modern Carrie, or you just like scaring the bejesus out of small children when they open the door to a bloody face, you know that fake blood makes Halloween that much better. But you should also know that having a Bloody Mary in hand while you open the door will scare the trick-or-treaters even more this Halloween.
The origins of the Bloody Mary are actually pretty scary by themselves. Although many believe the drink has ties to the first queen to rule England, Mary I, who was nicknamed "Bloody Mary" because of her persecution of Protestants, shockingly that has nothing to do with this delicious tomato-based cocktail. Apparently, the drink’s origins are actually in Paris, where Fernand "Pete" Petiot started crafting the cocktail at Harry’s New York Bar in the early 1920s. We were hoping for a little bit of a bloodier story, but the cocktail is great for Halloween because of its creepy color. If you really want to go nuts, you can add a kick of heat that is sure to scare your pants off.
One of the best parts of a Bloody Mary is its versatility. You can dress a Bloody up or down, and any way you make it is going to be delicious. If you’re not someone who likes a lot of heat, you can tone the spice factor up or down and still maintain the integrity of the drink. Luckily, new vodkas are available that have interesting flavor profiles, like jalapeño and pepper, which add interesting tastes to even the most basic Bloody.
Throw away that old notion that the Bloody Mary is only for brunch hours. We think they’re great to drink at all hours of the day, in particular the evening when you’re waiting around for your trick-or-treaters. So this Halloween, we scoured our site for 10 Bloody Mary recipes that are delicious and relatively easy to make!