What is the Story Behind the Bloody Mary’s Gory Name?

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The Bloody Mary is an unlikely success story when you think about it, because it’s a savory, spicy drink most commonly only ever consumed at brunch.

It may or may not have magical, medicinal, hangover-curing properties, but its popularity cannot be denied. But how did a brunch cocktail get such a gory name, though? Who is this Mary, and why is she so bloody?

As with many legends, the answers are murky, which, hey, it’s all part of the fun.