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Vodka Cocktail History – Bloody Mary

Another mysterious classic is the Bloody Mary. A savory cocktail traditionally consumed at brunch, its origin is commonly associated with Mary, Queen of the Scots, a daughter of Henry VIII who ordered the deaths of so many Protestant prisoners (back when England was fighting over such things) that she was called “Bloody Mary.” But in this weeks VCH, we’ll see that the history is not quite so icky. The first reported Bloody Mary was created by American bartender Ferdinand “Pete” Petiot in Paris. One of the many bartenders who chose to leave America during the Prohibition, Pete worked at the famous “Harry’s New York Bar,” a place frequented by other American travelers and expatriates, such as Ernest Hemingway. There was also an influx of Russians in Paris who were fleeing their country’s revolution. Of course, they brought some vodka with them, and Petiot was probably quick to experiment with this uncommon spirit. By mixing vodka with the equally novel canned tomato juice brought from the States, Petiot invented a very rudimentary version of the Bloody Mary we know and love today. As for the name, it was visiting American suggested the name of Bloody Mary, after a waitress who worked at a nightclub in his native Chicago called the Bucket of Blood. Petiot moved back the US in 1934 after prohibition ended, taking his new recipe with him. He began making them again at the King Cole Bar in NYC. No one really cared for it. It was too bland, they said. To Petiot kicked it up by adding more hotness and spice and it picked up. Although the...

Growler Bus visit 9/4

September 9th means another visit from the Growler Bus. The “A Spirited Adventure” tour includes tours and tastings at Geaghan Brothers Brewing Co., Square Tail Brewing, Nocturnem Draft Haus, and our own Twenty2 Vodka, running from 3:45 to 8:15pm. What better way to end a long week of drudging work than with an evening of a little local culture?  Sign...

Vodka Cocktail History – The Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea has a reputation for being a cocktail of deception. Most people can tell you about the first time they ordered the innocent looking drink and how they paid for not taking it seriously. It’s such an ingenious blend of five liqueurs that it doesn’t seem to contain any of them! So far, we’ve been covering the older classics in this blog, with some drinks being over a 100 years of age. the Long Island Ice Tea is the easily youngest: It’s only in its 40’s! Well, at least, some say it is. It’s kind of a hot debate, and we’re going to get into the middle of it. A bartender named Robert “Rosebud” Butt claims to have invented the Long Island Ice Tea in 1972 (he has his own website dedicated to the defense of his creation). According to Rosebud, he created the drink while working the bar of the Oak Beach Inn in Hampton Bays, NY. There was a cocktail contest among the bartenders. The only rule was the inclusion of Triple Sec. Rosebud says he mixed “everything white” at the bar, threw in some sour mix and a little Coke “for color.” It became a hit, rose to be the bar’s house drink, spread, and people drank it copiously. After all, this was the beginning of the disco era: sweet, smooth, strong drinks were very in. Here is the Rosebud Long Island Iced Tea: 2 cups ice cubes into a highball glass 1 part Vodka 1 part Gin 1 part White Rum 1 part White Tequila 1/2 part Triple Sec 1/2 part...

The American Folk Festival

Bangor’s American Folk Festival will be held again at the Waterfront venue from August 28th to the 30th.There will be 4 performances stages, dozens of acts from around the country and Canada, and many, many food vendors serving both local and cultural food. As in the past, admittance is open and free with a $10 donation. Visit the official website for more information. Like the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/americanfolkfestival...

The Union Fair

On August 22nd the little town of Unity will begin its weeklong annual agricultural fair. The fair first started in 1869 and has been held every year since, with exceptions for 1943 and 1944. A special event will be held at the Maine Wine Pavilion on Thursday the 27th called “Distillery Day” will feature Twenty 2 Vodka as well as other Maine distilleries. Some of the other attractions this year include a talent show, harness racing, fireworks, a demolition derby, and the Maine Wild Blueberry Festival and Queen Coronation, as well as various 4H shows and activities for all ages. The fair runs until August 29th. The official website as more information....

Growler Bus Visit 8/7

If you are looking for a midsummer adventure, next Friday marks another Growler Bus tour. On August 7th Bangor’s one and only beer bus tour will be making its way to Geaghan Brothers Brewing Co., Square Tail Brewing, Nocturnem Draft Haus, and our own Twenty2 Vodka. The tour, titled “A Spirited Adventure,”runs from 3:45 to 8:45pm. What better way to end a long week of drudging work than with an evening of a little local culture? As of now, there are only 9 tickets left, so you better sign up while the going’s...