The Virgin Bloody Mary Recipe

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Craving a Bloody Mary but not the alcohol? This recipe is full of flavor and spice, all the things you love, without the hangover.

1 finished virgin bloody mary

How to make a Virgin Bloody Mary a.k.a The Virgin Mary

Fun Facts: A Virgin Bloody Mary is also known as The Virgin Mary, Bloody Virgin, or Bloody Shame. All of which are made with the same ingredients and garnishes as a Bloody Mary but without the spirits.

Ever heard of a Virgin Caesar? This equally delicious drink is like a Virgin Bloody Mary but instead uses clamato juice, which is a blend of tomato and clam juices.

So if you’re craving a regular bloody mary minus the alcohol, check out the recipe below.

two mocktails with tobasco and Worcestershire sauce

Gathering your ingredients

Tomato juice – My favorite is definitely tomato juice of the V8 variety. Absolutely use the right tomato juice for you, Clamato juice is also another popular option.

Fresh lemon juice or lime juice – Fresh is the way to go, if necessary using bottled lemon/lime juice works as well. Get the freshest lemon juice or lime juice by using a fruit juicer.

Worcestershire sauce – I am pretty picky with my Worcestershire sauce, so it’s Lea & Perrins all the way.

Prepared horseradish – Make sure to find only “prepared” horseradish, as this is the grated root mixed with vinegar. Creamy horseradish sauce is also prepared horseradish but it is mixed with sour cream or heavy cream.

Olive juice/brine – dill pickle juice is an acceptable alternative to olive juice.

Tabasco hot sauce – Cholula or a hot sauce of your choice.

Celery salt – You should be able to find this at your local grocery store in the spice section.

Black pepper – Freshly cracked black pepper will give the freshest peppery flavor.

*Optional – Dash of garlic powder

Ice cubes- Frozen water squares

The rim of the glass – Old bay seasoning & salt…lemon or lime wedge for wetting the rim

Garnishes – Celery stalk, Dill pickle spear, lemon wedge, and/or cherry tomatoes

*see recipe card for detailed measurements

Virgin bloody mary ingredients laid out

Kitchen supplies you’ll need

  • Cocktail Shaker with strainer
  • Fruit juicer
  • Skewers, optional for assorted fruits and veggies you’d like in your virgin bloody mary drink

Mix it, Pour it, & Drink it!

large measuring cup with all the ingredients added

In a pitcher or large measuring cup combine the tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, olive brine or pickle juice, tabasco sauce, celery salt, and pepper. Whisk well to combine without ice.

a pitcher and two frosted glasses
A pitcher and two glasses with seasoned rims

On a shallow saucer or in a small bowl pour old bay seasonings and flaky salt. Use a lemon wedge to wet the rim of your glass, then tip your glass upside down onto the plate to season the rim outside of the glass.

Strain into two tall glasses with ice. Store any leftovers of virgin bloody mary mix in a large pitcher for up to a week. Keep refrigerated

a pitcher and two glasses filled with ice
pitcher, two glasses filled with mocktail mixture

Garnish to your liking. My recommendations:

-Dill pickle spear

-Celery stalk

-Small piece of lime or lemon wedge

-A skewer of blistered cherry tomatoes

pitcher with 2 filled and garnished glasses

Mocktails to Cocktails

A classic bloody mary isn’t too far away from the virgin version.

So for those of you who do drink alcohol, add 2.5 ounces of Vodka to the mix.

Serve immediately and drink responsibly <3

two garnished mocktails with lemon wedges

Tips for Mixing, Drinking, & Garnishing

Mixing

-If making ahead of time, prepare the virgin bloody mary mix in a pitcher. Times the recipe by 3 to comfortably fill a large pitcher without any possible overflow. Do not add the ice at this time. Set in the refrigerator to chill and let those flavors meld together. Once you’re ready to serve, prepare your glasses and pour.

-Don’t add the seasonings first, as they could likely stick to the bottom of your shaker glass or pitcher and not incorporate fully. Add them after the tomato juice.

-Want a spicy bloody mary? Try a spicy tomato juice in addition to the tabasco sauce for a spicy virgin bloody mary mocktail

-Even more spice?! Add a dash or two of cayenne pepper.

Drinking

-This drink is a meal in itself, but it can also be a perfect accompaniment for brunch or a weekend bonfire.

-Get fun with the ice. There are so many different kinds of silicone ice cube trays out there. Check out the tools I use for the kinds I love.

-Between refreshing your drinks, give the mix a little stir. The seasonings may settle at the bottom making the top have a watery consistency.

Garnishing

-Try searing or charing your lime or lemon wedge and cherry tomatoes for more flavor.

-If you’re ambitious, I’ve seen many regular bloody mary recipes topped with whole meals. Hamburgers, hot dogs, pizzas, onion rings… I mean the list could literally go on and on.

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Virgin Bloody Mary Recipe

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  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Drinks 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups tomato juice, chilled
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons worchestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons olive juice / brine *dill pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon tabasco hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Ice
  • Glass rim: old bay seasoning & salt…lemon
  • Garnish: Celery, lemon wedge(seared?), olive, cocktail onion? Blistered tomatoes?

Instructions

  1. In a pitcher or large measuring device combine the tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, olive brine, tabasco sauce, celery salt, and pepper. Whisk well to combine without ice.
  2. On a small plate or bowl pour old bay seasonings and flaky salt. Use a lemon wedge to wet the rim of your glass, then tip your glass upside down onto the plate to season the rim outside of the glass.
  3. Pour Mary mix into an iced glass.
  4. Garnish with pickles, and green olives

Notes

-If making ahead of time, prepare the virgin bloody mary mix in a large pitcher. Times the recipe by 3 to comfortably fill a large pitcher without any possible overflow. Do not add the ice at this time. Set in the refrigerator to chill and let those flavors meld together. Once you’re ready to serve, prepare your glasses and pour.
-Don’t add the seasonings first, as they could likely stick to the bottom of your shaker glass or pitcher and not incorporate fully. Add them after the tomato juice.
-Want a spicy bloody mary? Try a spicy tomato juice in addition to the tabasco sauce for a spicy virgin bloody mary mocktail
-Even more spice?! Add a dash or two of cayenne pepper.

  • Author: April Brown
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Mocktails
  • Method: Shaken & Stired

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 drinks
  • Calories: 122
  • Sugar: 11.1 g
  • Sodium: 1865.3 mg
  • Fat: 5.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20.9 g
  • Protein: 2.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Virgin Bloody Mary Recipe, Virgin Mary Recipe

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By on May 2nd, 2022

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