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又中又英|Stomach-churning

又中又英|Stomach-churning

2021-12-27

又中又英|Stomach-churning

Most people shun (avoid) alcoholic drinks in the morning. Some have a beer or wine with lunch, especially if they are on vacation or during business lunches. I enjoy a glass of white wine with lunch only if I am on holiday. I sometimes have a glass at business lunches if the host insists. It is stomach-churning for me to even think of having an alcoholic drink in the morning. If something is stomach-churning it means it is extremely unpleasant and makes people feel sick. But some people actually enjoy a particular alcoholic drink in the morning. This cocktail drink is called Bloody Mary. Before reunification I sometimes had it at lunch with senior British government officials. But I have not had a Bloody Mary in years.

In the US a Bloody Mary is a common “hair of the dog” drink, which means an alcoholic drink some people believe can cure hangovers. A hangover is a feeling of illness after drinking too much. People who believe a Bloody Mary can cure a hangover drink it in the morning or early afternoon. Unlike a Martini or Manhattan, which combine different types of alcohol, the main ingredient of a Bloody Mary is tomato juice. In a classic Bloody Mary, two ounces of vodka, four ounces of tomato juice, two small drops of Tabasco sauce, two small drops of Worcestershire sauce, a few drops of lemon juice, a little celery salt and black pepper are shaken in ice with a shaker.

This is strained into a tall glass with celery salt on the rim. A celery stick longer than the glass can be added. A French bartender claimed to have invented the drink in a Paris bar in 1921. It is not known how it got to be called Bloody Mary. Some believe it was named after Queen Mary I of England. She was called Bloody Mary by her Protestant opponents after she executed hundreds of them. It could have been named Bloody Mary simply because of the colour of tomato juice!

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