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In 1934, St. Regis bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the “Red Snapper,” which was soon to be known as the Bloody Mary. Petiot began working on vodka and tomato juice cocktail in Paris in the late 1920’s before coming to The St. Regis New York. The famed cocktail as we know it was created when Serge Obolensky, a well known man about town, 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 vulgar for the hotel’s elegant King Cole Bar, it was rechristened the “Red Snapper”. While the name might not have caught on, the spicy drink most certainly did and over the years it has become the signature cocktail of the King Cole Bar.
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