The Bloody Mary has been a part of St. Regis history since 1934 when bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the “Red Snapper,” which was soon to be known as 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, and today each St. Regis around the world celebrates the regional influences of the original recipe, prepared with freshest homemade mixes, saluting tradition with its own unique twist.
The Brunello Bloody Mary's formula is:
- Grappa di Brunello
- Tomato Juice
- Lemon Juice
- Worchester Sauce
- Celerity Salt
- Sea Salt
- Acacia Honey
- Lemon slice
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I ended two weeks in Rome and Tuscany with a 4 night stay at the St. Regis in Florence. From the moment I arrived, I was surrounded by elegance, opulence, comfort and security. My room was outstanding and provided a well-needed respite from the hustle and bustle in the streets. The housekeeping staff did an impeccable job and provided pressing and boot/shoe shining on a daily basis. The Butler service was amazing and catered to my every need. The concierges were extremely helpful and guided me to excellent restaurants, leather stores, the best places to buy olive oil and balsamic vinegars, and where to buy an extra suitcase to cart all my purchases home. What I enjoyed the most, however, were the bar staff and waiters and waitresses in the restaurant. Other than the fact that they were all extremely good looking, they were professional yet friendly, made excellent drinks and made me feel very special. The area surrounding the hotel has plenty of sights to see and shopping. I will stay there again when I next visit Florence and highly recommend it to other SPG members.