The Virgin Mary Drink

Virgin Mary mocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 drink
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
25 Calories
0g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 25
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 584mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 61mg 303%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 308mg 7%
*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.)

In the world of cocktails, a virgin mary is the nonalcoholic version of a bloody mary. It's an enjoyable way to experience the tangy, savory, spicy, and refreshing taste of the alcoholic version. It's also an easy and tasty beverage that can accompany any meal—brunch is always popular for these flavors—or be consumed on its own.

Making a virgin bloody mary is as easy as removing the vodka from your favorite bloody mary recipe—with our recipe, making this flavorful drink has never been easier. Use it as a brunch drink for people who cannot or choose not to consume alcohol; this mocktail is great for baby showers or as a cooling aperitif during hot summer days.

Once you pour the tomato and lemon juices, the other ingredients are simply there to ramp up the taste. You can make it as spicy or mild as you like and add other spices to bring in a different flair. The hot sauce you choose will make a difference too; Tabasco and Cholula are favorites, but there are many other options that work just as well.

Experiment and switch up the amount of spice in your drink. Measurements are not given for the seasonings because they should be added to taste. Begin with a dash of each, stir the drink, and give it a taste. Adjust as you see fit.


  • 1/3 cup tomato juice

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 dash celery salt

  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 dashes hot sauce

  • Celery stalk, for garnish

  • Pickle spear, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Virgin mary drink recipe ingredients
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  2. Build the tomato juice and lemon juice into a highball glass over ice cubes.

    Pouring the Ingredients for virgin mary
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  3. Mix well.

  4. Add the Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste.

    Add seasonings to virgin mary drink
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  5. Garnish with the celery stalk or pickle spear. Serve and enjoy.

    Virgin mary drink with celery stalk garnish
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What's the Difference Between a Virgin Mary and a Virgin Caesar?

The origins of these two drinks are different. The virgin mary, a nonalcoholic version of the bloody mary, is American, whereas the virgin caesar, the nonalcoholic version of a bloody caesar, is Canadian. Additionally, the bloody mary is a tomato juice-based drink while the caesar uses Clamato juice instead.

Choose the Right Tomato Juice

The majority of drinkers will choose to buy tomato juice at the store instead of making it at home. But because tomato juice is the virgin mary, choosing the right one ensures the success of your drink. Take into consideration the following:

  • Many cheap tomato juices have unnatural ingredients, dyes, and preservatives aimed at increasing their shelf life. Opt for an organic tomato juice instead, and try not to buy tomato juices from concentrate (a mix of tomato paste and water).
  • Be mindful of the sodium content. Salt is used as a natural preservative and many tomato juices include a lot of it, so choose a lower sodium version, especially if you're serving pregnant women .
  • Many tomato juices are sold in cans and are difficult to reseal. To prolong your juice's freshness, pour the juice into an airtight container, or consider buying smaller cans. Producers such as Sacramento Tomato Juice (aka Red Gold) sell packs of 5- to 6-ounce cans, which is perfect for a single virgin mary serving for one or two people.
  • If you have the time to make your own juice, choose large tomato varieties such as beefsteak, Black Krim, red heirloom, or small and sweet cherry tomatoes. Remove the stems and use your electric juicer, or chop tomatoes into quarters and muddle them by hand. Strain out seeds after using either of these methods.


Our recipe is just the foundation for a great virgin mary drink. Additional spices can be added to suit your individual taste and, just like a bloody mary, everyone can concoct their own "perfect" virgin mary. Try and experiment with additional ingredients, like horseradish, wasabi, ginger (muddled fresh or ground), cayenne pepper, smoked salt or liquid smoke, paprika, garlic powder, nutmeg, or your favorite all-purpose seasoning.

How to Store a Virgin Mary

If you are planning on mixing up a big batch of the drink, store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. Always keep it at 40 F or below and don't let it sit outside for more than a few minutes while pouring.

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