It is widely accepted that the Bloody Mary was invented around 1920 at the New York Bar in Paris, France. This is the perfect cocktail for getting creative: You can always create variations by looking into your spice cabinet for new flavor combinations or checking your refrigerator for elaborate garnishes. Our recipe is a great starting point, but we recommend making the mix (without the booze) and tasting it first. Is it missing anything that might make it more interesting? We love adding unexpected ingredients that can really transform this cocktail, like freshly squeezed lemon juice or horseradish. If you are having a brunch gathering, make a large batch of “Virgin Mary” ahead of time, and add the booze to order.