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Monday, 2 February 2015

The Queen behind the Cocktail

The Bloody Mary is a cocktail consisting essentially of vodka and usually spiced tomato juice.
The most fanciful theory about the drink is that the Bloody Mary dates to the rule of ruthless Queen Mary I of England in the mid-1550s. Mary I, also known as Mary Tudor, was Queen of England and Ireland from 19 July 1553 until her death. She was the oldest daughter of Henry VIII, and the only child of Catherine of Aragon who grew up.
Mary is remembered for briefly re-making England a Roman Catholic country. Mary had almost 300 disagreeing religious people burned at the stake. Due to this, many called her "Bloody Mary". When her half-sister, Elizabeth I, came to the throne after Mary's death, she made England Protestant again.
The tomato juice of the cocktail is said to represent the blood spilled, while the vodka, a strong alcoholic drink, is symbolic of the queen’s brutal means of executing the martyrs. 

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