As a tomato farmer’s wife, I’d like to share this tomato-juice-based recipe for a well-liked adult beverage–the Bloody Mary. In the United States, this is a traditional cocktail consumed during the morning or early afternoon, and is popular for its reputation as a cure for a hangover. It contains vodka, tomato juice and various seasonings, and is garnished to create an appealing presentation. If you don’t want to drink alcohol, just skip the vodka for a tasty “mocktail.” Whatever version you choose to make, rest assured that you’re helping support tomato farmers. Cheers!
Bloody Mary Cocktail/Mocktail
Bloody Mary mix or tomato juice
A splash or two of Worcestershire sauce
A splash of tabasco sauce
A dash of garlic powder
A dash of paprika
A dash of salt
A dash of cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon green olive juice
Juice from one lemon or lime
1-2 ounces Vodka, optional
1 lemon or lime, sliced into wedges
Crispy slice of bacon, optional
Pour Bloody Mary mix or tomato juice into a highball glass. Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce; if using tomato juice, add a couple of splashes. Add tabasco sauce, garlic powder, paprika, salt, cracked black pepper, green olive juice, and lemon or lime juice. Stir. If you want to drink an alcoholic beverage, add the vodka to desired strength and stir. Garnish with green olives and a slice of lemon or lime on a toothpick; a celery stalk and/or a crispy slice of bacon; and serve.