Virgin Bloody Mary

BY : PUBLISHED : August 26th, 2021 UPDATED: September 14th, 2021

This Virgin Bloody Mary mocktail is a party in a glass that can be enjoyed any time of the day and allows refills without limit!  A delicious non-alcoholic version of the classic brunch cocktail drink made with a combination of fresh vegetables, lemon and tomato juice, vegan Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and the freshest olives from our friends at California Ripe Olives. The perfect vodka-less aperitif fit for any occasion. 

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What is a Virgin Bloody Mary?

Bloody Mary is a fiery drink that has regularly been a part of late-morning menus for years. This recipe is an alcohol-free version of Bloody Mary, also known as a glass of Virgin Mary. It has all the flavors you would expect from its original version but is kid-friendly and so delicious! Back in the day, Bloody Mary was just a drink with vodka and tomato juice mixed together. The cocktail has evolved since then with different versions made, including this mocktail. But it is distinctive for its spicy, savory, tangy, and salty flavor combo.

Our version of this drink is super flavorful and does not need vodka for you to enjoy! The fresh vegetables blended with tomato juice and vegan Worcestershire sauce create a savory drink with a tinge of tanginess from the lemon juice and a delightful zing from the hot sauce. Make it in just 10 just minutes using only a blender or food processor. It is perfect as a chilled beverage to help you feel rejuvenated after a fun night of drinking or if you simply want to enjoy a delightfully rich glass as a refreshment. 

A Refreshing Drink

Despite the fact that this is derived from an alcoholic drink, it is undoubtedly a very refreshing beverage that can be enjoyed by everyone. There is a reason why it is a popular midday drink! Also, the brine from the California Ripe Olives are full of electrolytes and the cucumber filled with water help in rehydration and balances acidity. This restorative beverage is also full of vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin A and contains very little sugar.

What’s in this Virgin Bloody Mary drink?

Making this lovely mocktail from home couldn’t be easier. Plus, it is so adaptable that you can just change the quantities to make it the way you like it! 

Ingredients:

  1. Tomato Juice – A homemade or store-bought tomato juice would work for this recipe.  
  2. Green olives brine –  Whenever I open a California Ripe Olives jar, I frequently save the juice for later use. That salty goodness is a great addition to any of your cocktails.  So, don’t throw the brine away!  Green olives are used in this recipe as they have a milder flavor than the black ones.
  3. Cucumber – Peeled and chopped for easier blending. Cucumber has a cool flavor with a little sweetness that gives the drink a soothing taste.
  4. Celery – Is used both for making the drink as well as for garnishing. Its bold and earthy taste perfectly blends with the sweetness of tomatoes.
  5. Lemon juice- a splash goes a long way in brightening up the drink and adding a refreshingly tangy taste. It also balances all the savoriness and spiciness. 
  6. Horseradish – This white root vegetable lends a spicy kick similar to mustard or wasabi.
  7. Vegan Worcestershire sauce – provides that umami taste that you would not expect from a drink but is super addicting! It also gives the drink body, which can turn out too watery without it.
  8. Garlic – a clove would be enough to provide a garlicky flavor on the drink without overpowering other flavors of the beverage.
  9. Hot sauce- a little of this is enough to give the drink its characteristic punch!  

2 Virgin Bloody Mary drinks in glass with decorative olives and veggies in the cup and on the side with a white background

How to make a Virgin Bloody Mary drink?

There is really nothing much to do to make this vegetable-based drink. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Add all the ingredients – tomato juice, olive brine, cucumber, celery, lemon juice, garlic clove, horseradish, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce (if using) in a blender or food processor.
  2. Garnish with celery and green olives and serve over ice in a glass.

Tips when Making Virgin Bloody Mary

  • For the best result, chill your juices and vegetables in the fridge before blending them all together.
  • The measurements in the recipe will guide you on the proportions used per ingredient. However, feel free to make changes depending on how you would like your drink to turn up.
  • If you are not sure of the spiciness preference of your guest, leave the hot sauce out and let them add it depending on their liking.
  • Experiment with other spices and seasonings such as wasabi, raw ginger, cayenne pepper, smoked salt, paprika, garlic powder, and nutmeg. As previously said, this recipe is extremely customizable and combines nicely with a variety of spices.
  • You can keep the Virgin Bloody Mary leftovers in the fridge for up to a week at most. Make sure that it is stored in a sealed jar or pitcher. 

Can I make this ahead of time?

Absolutely! One of my favorite things about this mixed drink is how the flavor improves over time. This refreshment tastes incredibly good after making it.  However, chilling it for a few hours or even overnight in the fridge will allow the flavors to build up. It becomes more intensely rich as the spices have more time to mix and blend.

How to serve a Virgin Bloody Mary?

This drink is best served poured over lots of ice in a glass with a salted rim. To do so, rub a small piece of lime around the outside of the glass. Dip the rim of the glass in a salt saucer gently. I garnished it with the freshes California Ripe Olives in cocktail picks or skewers and celery stalks. Other options for garnishing may include pickled veggies, lemon wedges, and cocktail onions. 

two glasses of vegan virgin bloody mary against white background

Try my other refreshing drinks:

  1. Watermelon cooler – This quick and easy watermelon cooler with the refreshing taste of lemon, cucumbers in one sip. 
  2. Orange Smoothie – The burst of flavors from orange, mango, and strawberries is unquestionably a hit.
  3. Banana Kale Smoothie – Smoothie with kale? Sure, why not? Incorporating greens and fruits into your diet will provide you with sufficient energy throughout the day.

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

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Virgin Bloody Mary

Toni Okamoto
This Virgin Bloody Mary drink is a meal in a glass that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It is purely a non-alcoholic drink.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 189 kcal
METHOD Mixing
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ½ cups of tomato juice
  • 4 tablespoons of green olive brine
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1-2 teaspoons of hot sauce 
  • ½ of a medium cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • Juice of ½ of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon of vegan Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • Ice
  • Green olives for garnish
  • Celery for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a blender or food processor, add the tomato juice, olive brine, cucumber, celery, lemon juice, garlic clove, horseradish, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce (if using) and blend until smooth.
  • Pour over a glass of ice and garnish with celery and green olives.

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 674mgPotassium: 1800mgFiber: 5gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 3153IUVitamin C: 126mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 4mg
Keyword bloody mary, celery, cocktail, cucumber, drink, horseradish, hot sauce, olives, tomato juice, vegan, vegan drink, vegetarian, Worcestershire sauce
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