The Bloody Mary is the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand, with each hotel crafting its own local interpretation of the libation. Discover the Red Snapper: this classic cocktail bears the original name and recipe of its creator, Fernand Petiot, at The St. Regis New York.
The Bloody Mary has been a part of St. Regis history since 1934 when a bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the “Red Snapper,” which would later be renamed the Bloody Mary. The famed cocktail was created when Serge Obolensky, a well-known man about town whose penchant for vodka was in keeping with his aristocratic Russian background, asked Petiot to make the vodka cocktail he had in Paris. The formula was spiced up with salt, pepper, lemon and Worcestershire Sauce, but since “Bloody Mary” was deemed too vulgar for the hotel’s elegant King Cole Bar, it was rechristened the “Red Snapper.” While the name may not have caught on, the spicy drink most certainly did, and over the years it has become the signature cocktail of the King Cole Bar.
In October 2014, the beloved libation celebrated its 80th Anniversary in grand style at The St. Regis New York and around the world.