It is a real challenge to get the perfect mix for the famous Bloody Mary cocktail. According to scientists, this cocktail of tomato juice and vodka is the most complex of cocktails.
According to US flavor expert Dr Neil Da Costa, the secret behind a good Bloody Mary cocktail is to use only fresh ingredients. Once the cocktail is ready it needs to be served quickly without much delay. Using lots of ice enhances the quality of the drink as it slows down the acids in the tomato juice.
Dr Da Costa said: "It's a very complicated drink. The Bloody Mary has been called the world's most complex cocktail, and from the standpoint of flavour chemistry, you've got a blend of hundreds of flavour compounds that act on the taste senses."