Our History

Gavin and Kate Cox always loved a Bloody Mary, but they were frustrated by the cocktail's inconsistency, whether served in pubs, bars, or at home. This inspired Gavin to create a spicer in their kitchen, ensuring a consistent Bloody Mary with adjustable spice levels.


After much trial and error, The Spicer was born and launched in Waitrose in 2010. Gavin’s Cox's Original Bloody Mary Spicer is a blend of fifteen herbs, spices, and natural flavors, perfected over generations of Bloody Mary lovers in the Cox family.


Add one teaspoon of Cox’s Original Bloody Mary Spicer to tomato juice and vodka for the perfect Bloody Mary every time. Each bottle makes 30 cocktails.


Cox's Original not only enhances Bloody Marys but also serves as a spicy marinade for meat and vegetables, adding a kick to your favorite dishes.

The History Of The Bloody Mary

The origins of the Bloody Mary have been debated at length, but here’s our favourite version:

French bartender Fernand Petiot claimed to have invented the Bloody Mary in 1921 while working at the New York Bar in Paris, which later became Harry’s New York Bar, a favourite hangout for Ernest Hemingway and other American ex-pats. Originally just vodka and tomato juice, the cocktail was first called a "Bucket of Blood."

Some say the Bloody Mary was named after a server named Mary at a saloon called The Bucket of Blood in Chicago, while others believe it was named after Queen Mary Tudor of England. We prefer the latter story, so the ‘Bloody Mary’ on our Spicer labels was painted by Kate’s mum, Dawn Ogden White.