OK, make that 32 if you want to be a stickler. Either way, St. Regis Hotels and Resorts Bloody Mary collection is pretty much a world tour of the beloved classic, with each of the brand’s properties offering its own local interpretation of the Bloody Mary, from St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami Beach’s version with key limes and Clamato (tribute to all the snowbirds?) to Rome’s variation, which appropriately includes fresh basil, oregano and a splash of extra virgin olive oil.
Why Bloody Marys? Well, unbeknownst to many, the luxury hotel collection’s New York outpost is where the first Bloody Mary was mixed – back in 1934, by Fernand Petiot, the bartender at the St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar. Back then, the drink’s moniker was deemed too racy for guests, so in fact, it was rechristened the Red Snapper.
And while sipping the local offering at each St. Regis location might be an ambitious goal for many thirsty travellers, the hotel has also launched a Bloody Mary-themed website, with recipes for each of its resident concoctions (predictably you’ll find the classic version under New York and it’s more chaste name). So you can imbibe in the Bloody Mary world tour – without ever leaving your home.