Following our tomato juice saga is today’s healthy vodka and tomato juice recipe (Bloody Mary). And if you’ve never had this drink before, be prepared for a burst of flavors in every sip.
Sweet, sour, savory, bitter, and umami— this drink is the combination of the five basic tastes. With a touch of spiciness, these tastes create a complex flavor profile for our cocktail.
Although it may sound complicated, this drink is actually simple to make. It only takes 10 minutes from start to finish.
The ingredients are also basic. Some of them may already be available in your pantry.
Before you check your pantry, let’s get started with some interesting facts about today’s alcoholic beverage.
What Is Vodka Mix with Tomato Juice Called?
Our vodka and tomato juice recipe is commonly known as Bloody Mary. It’s a type of popular cocktail that you can order in almost every bar.
Common ingredients to a Bloody Mary recipe are tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and celery. And, unlike the name suggests, no hemoglobin is involved.
Is Bloody Mary Healthy?
Alcoholic drinks are often considered unhealthy because alcohol links to a number of health conditions. The most common conditions include damaging of the liver, cardiovascular disease, and depression.
It would be best to put a limit on one’s alcohol consumption. So for today’s vodka and tomato juice recipe, we’re following USDA’s dietary guidelines and reducing the amount of alcohol.
According to USDA, women can have 1 drink containing 1.5 fl oz 80 proof distilled spirit per day. Men can have no more than 2 drinks per day.
We further limit the amount of alcohol and reduce to only 1 fl oz 80 proof distilled spirit per drink.
Calories in Vodka and Tomato Juice
This vodka and tomato juice recipe contains 105 calories per serving. It may come as a surprise for you, but vodka contributes half the amount of calories.
Every serving of our cocktail contains 1 fl oz of 80 proof distilled vodka. And 1 fl oz vodka contains about 64 calories.
Since alcoholic beverages contain a high amount of calories, it would be best to drink them moderately. Also, we recommend measuring your ingredients when making drinks at home to avoid overconsuming alcohol and prevent weight gain.
How to Make Vodka and Tomato Juice
Here’s a detailed instruction of our vodka and tomato juice recipe:
Step 1: Juice the tomatoes
Cut tomatoes into quarters and run them through the juicer to extract juice. Collect the juice in a pitcher.
Step 2: Juice the celery
Continue to put celery into the juicer chute and collect the juice in the same pitcher.
Step 3: Add lemon juice
Add it to the pitcher and stir.
Step 4: Add the spirit, spices, and sweetener
Add vodka, tabasco, worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and sugar to the pitcher. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
Step 5: Serve
Divide the drink into 4 glasses and top with ice.
How to Garnish This Bloody Mary
If you want to make your drink more aesthetic, the best way to do it is garnishing.
We recommend getting your garnish inspirations from the cocktail ingredients. Here are a few ideas for you to garnish this vodka and tomato juice:
- Lemon: you can either cut a thin slice or wedge to hang it on the glass. Or use a peeler and cut out some lemon peel, twist and put it in the glass.
- Tomatoes: although we don’t use cherry tomatoes in today’s vodka and tomato juice recipe, they still make a good garnish. Simply pierce 2 or 3 cherry tomatoes on a toothpick and put it in your cocktail.
- A stick of celery: pick a fresh piece of celery with leaves on top of it and put it in your glass. The bright green color of the celery is a nice garnish and can make a great snack too.
How Long Does Tomato Juice Last in the Fridge?
Store-bought tomato juice can last for days in the refrigerator, but we can’t say the same for homemade juice.
Fresh tomato juice can last up to 48 hours, given that you keep it refrigerated in an airtight bottle. The juice may separate, but it’s still safe to drink— just give it a shake before using it.
If you’re planning on serving vodka and tomato juice at a party, you can make the juice ahead of time. Juice the tomatoes the day before, put it in the fridge, and they’ll be ready for your party.
And if you’re a tomato juice lover, we have a collection of Top 10 Tomato Juice Recipes just for you. This article has all the interesting facts about tomatoes and how to turn these juicy fruits into delicious, refreshing beverages.
But for now, let’s get back to making this cocktail.
Vodka and Tomato Juice Recipe (Bloody Mary Cocktail)
- 20 fl oz tomato juice from about 20 oz fresh tomatoes
- 1 fl oz celery juice from about 1 oz celery
- 4 fl oz 80-proof vodka
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp tabasco
- 3 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsps worcestershire sauce
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 cup ice
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- Juice the tomatoes: cut tomatoes into quarters and run them through the juicer to extract the juice. Collect the juice in a pitcher.
- Juice the celery: continue to put celery into the juicer chute and collect the juice in the same pitcher.
- Add lemon juice: add it to the pitcher and stir.
- Add the spirit, spices, and sweetener: add vodka, tabasco, worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and sugar to the pitcher. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
- Serve: divide the drink into 4 glasses and top with ice.
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