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By: Katherine Butler on Oct. 19, 2011, 9:19 a.m.
Bloody Mary photographed with microscope

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Bloody Mary

Contrary to what you might think, a Bloody Mary cocktail has nothing to do with the despotic reign of England’s Queen Mary I, who burned 300 Protestants at the stake during her quest to return England to Catholicism after the reign of her father, Henry VIII. Nor does a Bloody Mary refer to the witch who supposedly appears if you call her name three times. In fact, the drink, made of vodka, tomato juice, and other spices, was invented in Paris in the 1920s by an American bartender, Fernand Petiot. Petiot named the drink after Mary, a girl at the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago.