High Cotton Greenville is celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Bloody Mary cocktail during the month of October. Check out the Greenville restaurant’s Sunday brunch menu for special Bloody Mary cocktails including The Original Red Snapper, High Cotton’s traditional Bloody Mary, and a newly created, award winning Bloody Mary called So Fresh and So Green. To cocktail’s anniversary, High Cotton will be donating a portion of proceeds from all Bloody Mary sales during the month of October to Project Host.
The history of the Bloody Mary:
The Bloody Mary dates back to the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis New York 1934. Bartender Fernand Petiot, invented a vodka and tomato juice cocktail while working at Harry’s Bar in Paris in the late 1920’s. Following the repeal of prohibition, Petiot took a job at King Cole Bar where he perfected the drink and added spices. He dubbed the spicy tomato cocktail a Bloody Mary. The name was considered too racy and vulgar for the hotel’s clientele, so Petiot renamed the drink the Red Snapper.
High Cotton’s bartenders and mixologists have an affinity for classic, original cocktail recipes, but incorporate new flavors and textures to create classics with a twist. The So Fresh and So Green Bloody Mary cocktail crafted by Ryan Hileman, High Cotton’s Wine and Beverage Manager was recently entered into the Best Bloody Mary in America competition sponsored by Food Network’s CHOPPED and Absolut Vodka. Hileman’s cocktail was the top Bloody Mary in South Carolina. The national winning cocktail recipe will be selected and announced at a brunch held on October 18 in New York City during the NYC Wine and Food Festival.
If you’re a Bloody Mary enthusiast, get out to High Cotton for a taste of the history of Bloody Mary during the month of October. You’ll find these on the menu:
- The Original Red Snapper as created by Fernand Petiot in the St. Regis New York hotel’s elegant King Cole Bar.
- High Cotton’s Bloody Mary, inspired by the cuisine of the lowcountry, boasting a bit more heat and spice brought to the drink by a generous portion of horseradish, Dijon mustard and Habanero hot sauce.
- So Fresh and So Green, a mixologist’s homage to his home town of Greenville, keeps the spice and tomato flavor, but offers an interesting twist through the use of freshly pureed green tomato in the cocktail’s mix.
High Cotton is located at 550 S. Main Street in downtown Greenville. Brunch is served each Sunday at High Cotton from 10am until 2pm. Reservations are recommended and may be made online or by calling 864-335-4200.
(from a press release)