(Hawaii News Now) - The St. Regis Princeville Resort will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the iconic Bloody Mary with a series of special culinary offerings that begin July 20, 2014.
Invented in the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis landmark hotel in New York, the “Red Snapper,” or Bloody Mary as it has come to be known, has been imitated and adapted endlessly by others throughout the years, but the original St. Regis recipe still stands as one of the most beloved cocktails ever created. The Bloody Mary has been a part of St. Regis history since 1934 when bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the “Red Snapper,” which would later be renamed the Bloody Mary, at the King Cole Bar in The St. Regis New York. 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 racy 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 St. Regis brand.
Executive Sous Chef Franck Desplechin will feature Bloody Mary tasting menus at each of the resort’s four restaurants along with Sommelier-led Bloody Mary tasting classes for guests.
The St. Regis Princeville Menus will pair cocktails taken from the St. Regis World Collection Bloody Mary menu. Each of the St. Regis 30 properties offer guests a unique version of the Bloody Mary using locally inspired ingredients. A selection of Bloody Mary cocktails that guests can enjoy as part of the 80th Anniversary celebration will include:
• The St. Regis Princeville’s “Aloha Mary” was inspired by the unforgettable 1958 epic, South Pacific, which was filmed on the island of Kauai. The Aloha Mary combines ingredients sourced around the Pacific Rim, such as sriracha, wasabi and smoked guava wood sea salt, which imparts a rich and complex oceanic flavor to the cocktail.
• The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel, “Bloody Smoke” draws inspiration from British distilling tradition adding a 10- year-old whiskey that gives the cocktail a rich smokiness accented by piquant notes of black pepper.
• The St. Regis Bangkok’s “Siam Mary” inspired by the cuisine of the East, boasts a complex array of signature Thai flavors such as Thai chili, basil and lemongrass.
• The St. Regis Bora Bora’s ‘Bora Mary’ was concocted upon the discovery of a watermelon plantation on a nearby motu, or coral reef islet. Since tomatoes are not native to the island, juice from succulent watermelons was added to create this delightfully refreshing cocktail.
• The St. Regis Beijing’s ‘Great Wall’ harkens to the 9,000 year old tradition of brewing in China. The “Great Wall” Bloody Mary reinterprets the classic cocktail by substituting Chinese Pilsner for vodka and adding freshly squeezed lime juice to the traditional St. Regis Bloody Mary blend.
For further information, restaurant reservations, or The St. Regis World Collection Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipes contact the St. Regis Princeville Resort at 808-826-9644 or click here.