Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary Cocktail

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chill: 60 mins
Total: 80 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
67 Calories
1g Fat
15g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 67
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 42mg 208%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 746mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

It takes a lot of fresh, ripe tomatoes to make a fresh tomato Bloody Mary mix. So when all those summer tomatoes are available, and all the soups, stews, pasta sauces, and Caprese salads have already been at your table, it's time to give it a try to this spicy and flavorful mix made with juicy and ripe tomatoes. You'll need about half a pound of tomatoes per person, so when tomatoes are at their peak and when the fruits are very flavorful and relatively inexpensive, this is the best time to try this easy recipe—the only thing standing between you and the best Bloody Mary you'll ever have. The fresh, bright flavor will knock your socks off when compared to commercial mixes, which are made with cooked tomatoes and have more additives and preservatives than you'll ever want to drink.

Since the tomatoes are getting chopped and blended, they don't have to look absolutely perfect. But they do need to be really ripe. Some farm stands will sell big baskets of slightly dinged tomatoes for a much lower cost, and those would work perfectly for this recipe.

While this is the base for an alcoholic Bloody Mary, the mix is so delicious that a Virgin Mary is also a great option. The more of this mix you make, the more chances you'll have to try both drinks. Serve it at brunch, as a pre-lunch drink, with or without the alcohol. Most importantly, try to have fun and personalize the amounts in the recipe to find the perfect balance of heat and spice that will make you want to come back for more. Tasting is the key to ending up with a mix that meets your ideal vision of what a tomato-based drink should taste like.


For the Mix:

  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes, ripe

  • 1 shallot shallot

  • 1 small fresh chile, green or red

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste 

  • Salt to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • Hot sauce to taste 

  • Grated horseradish to taste

  • Celery stalks or pickled green beans

For the Bloody Mary:

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Roughly chop the tomatoes, shallot, and chile, if using.

  3. In a blender or food processor, whirl them until smooth for at least one minute to get everything well puréed. Do this in batches if needed.

  4. Run the pureed mixture through a sieve or food mill to remove seeds and peels.

  5. Add the lemon juice, salt, pepper, and hot sauce or horseradish. Taste test and add more lemon juice or seasonings if needed.

  6. Place in a pitcher and cover. Chill the spiced-up tomato juice mixture until very cold, at least an hour, and up to two days.

  7. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of vodka in a highball glass filled with ice. Pour 3 ounces of tomato juice on top of the vodka. Add the extra seasonings to taste if using.

  8. Garnish with a celery stalk or pickled green bean. Or skip the vodka or use the mix to serve a Virgin Mary.

  9. Enjoy!

How Strong Is a Bloody Mary

With the appropriate serving of 1.5 ounces of vodka per cocktail, a Bloody Mary's alcohol content will be around 10 percent ABV (20 proof), similar to a glass of light wine.