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Bloody Mary

a mixed drink made principally with vodka and tomato juice.
Origin of Bloody Mary
First recorded in 1955-60

Mary I

("Bloody Mary") 1516–58, queen of England 1553–58 (wife of Philip II of Spain; daughter of Henry VIII).
Also called Mary Tudor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was brought to trial April 17th, 1554, the first year of Bloody Mary.

  • They gave her the name of Bloody Mary at the time, and she has retained it to the present day.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • Bloody Mary of England was nearly as merciless, but she was sincere and uncompromising in her extirpation of heretics.

    Ponkapog Papers Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • "Bloody Mary" flung two over his head and one into his earthwork, but he paid no attention to her protests.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • The poet thought that “Bloody Mary” “had been harshly judged by the verdict of popular tradition.”

    Alfred Tennyson Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

a drink consisting of tomato juice and vodka

Mary I

family name Tudor, known as Bloody Mary. 1516–58, queen of England (1553–58). The daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, she married Philip II of Spain in 1554. She restored Roman Catholicism to England and about 300 Protestants were burnt at the stake as heretics
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Word Origin and History for Bloody Mary

the cocktail, attested from 1953 (originally touted in part as a hangover cure), said to be named for Mary Tudor, queen of England 1553-58, who earned her epithet for vigorous prosecution of Protestants. The drink earned its, apparently, simply for being red from tomato juice. The cocktail's popularity also concided with that of the musical "South Pacific," which has a character named "Bloody Mary."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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