What is in the Red Snapper at King Cole Bar?

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Gary Merjian

The Red Snapper is made with vodka and tomato juice and spiced up with salt, pepper, lemon and Worcestershire sauce, with a lemon for garnish.

Rachel Bowie

The Red Snapper, the famous cocktail perfected at the King Cole Bar in The St. Regis New York, is actually a very straightforward and simple drink. The cocktail starts with the signature Bloody Mary mix. The base is tomato juice spiked with lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, celery salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bartenders will add your favorite premium vodka and mix by rolling the tomato, spirit and ice back and forth between two silver cocktail shakers. They might place a garnish like a celery stalk on the side, but don’t expect to see capers, bacon, pickled green beans or any other newfangled additions here. They will happily, however, make your Bloody Mary with gin if you prefer. The satisfying — and spicy —cocktail goes down smooth, a tribute to the original that bartender Fernand Petiot mixed up in 1934. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose from five other Red Snapper blends on the cocktail menu, all signature drinks at St. Regis hotel locations around the world.

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