The Virgin Mary: Spice Up Brunch With a Great Tomato Drink

Virgin Mary mocktail

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
29 Calories
1g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 29
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1532mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 68mg 342%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 341mg 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.)

A virgin mary is the nonalcoholic version of a bloody mary. Its tangy, savory, spicy, and refreshing taste makes it a drink of choice for pregnant women who crave these flavors. It's an easy and tasty beverage that can accompany any savory meal or be consumed on its own.

Making a virgin 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. Virgin marys are great for baby showers and are 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 flare.

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.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces tomato juice

  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice

  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon celery salt

  • Pepper (freshly ground)

  • 2 dashes hot sauce (Tabasco or Cholula)

  • Garnish:

    1 stalk celery

  • Optional garnish:

    1 pickle spear

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 Worcester sauce, 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 if using.

    Virgin mary drink with celery stalk garnish
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  6. Enjoy.

What's the Difference Between a Virgin Mary and a Virgin Caesar?

Origin-wise, 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. But ingredient-wise, 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 is what ensures the success of your drink. Before buying a juice, take into consideration the following:

  • Of the available cheap tomato juices, many have unnatural ingredients, dyes, and preservatives aimed at increasing their shelf life. Opt for an organic tomato juice instead, and although not entirely bad, don't buy tomato juices from concentrate (a mix of tomato paste and water).
  • Be mindful of the sodium content. Because salt is used as a natural preservative and many tomato juices include a lot of it, choose a lower sodium version, especially if you're serving the drink to 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 like 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 like 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.

Additional Spices and Condiments

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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