Happy birthday, Mary

Monday was a special day in New York City, the 75th birthday of the Bloody Mary.

The festivities began in Times Square where Carol Bradley, granddaughter of the drink's creator, toasted all Bloody Mark drinkers. Throughout the day and evening, numerous bars, lounges and restaurants offered Bloody Mary specials.

The drink was originated in Paris in the 1920s by bartender Fernand Petiot, although it began as just tomato juice with a shot of vodka and called the Red Snapper. After he moved to the U.S., he perfected the drink by adding dashes of both Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces.

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